'If religion is the greatest international divider, Indian cinema is the most unifying force.' Ebrahim Essa.
This 5 minute trailer is a taste of the longer documentary that three Durban based film-makers have been working on over the last 2 years.
Situated on the East Coast of South Africa, Durban is home to the largest population of Indian people outside of India. Between the 1950s and late 1970s a section of down town Durban, then known as the Casbah area, was home to 12 plus cinemas and a thriving Indian community who attended these cinemas with religious frequency and a celebratory sense of occasion.
30 years later there is only one cinema that remains in down-town Durban.
The Shiraz stands as an ailing monument to the hey day of Indian Cinema in Durban's CBD, the culturally rich communities that thrived there, the international acts these cinemas attracted and the politics of apartheid operating both in and outside Durban's 'theatre land'.
We have cast our net wide in the hopes of catching all the jewels that this rich subject matter keeps tossing up..
If you have any information or archive material dating from this era or are interested in knowing more about the project please contact us through the contacts below.
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