Bristol is a City of diversity and rich multi-cultural history. Amongst those that have influenced its development are members of the Muslim and Jewish communities.
As a follow up to Salaam Shalom’s 2016 Shared Histories exhibition, the Heritage Lottery Fund gave us a grant to film interviews of people who have made a significant contribution to their community – and to the City – from the latter part of the twentieth century to the present day.
The result, is a powerful collection of interviews with nine Muslim and four Jewish men and women. They describe their upbringing and development of a social conscience; recognition of what their community lacked; the community initiatives they founded, and how they see the future for their community and relationships between other Bristol communities.
Achieving a long-term ambition, Salaam Shalom has now put on record their commitment, effort, energy and action – often unknown in event their own communities – to make sure their legacy is celebrated in years to come.
Festival feature: Influencers panel discussion
The edited Influencers film was used as part of the Bristol Festival of the Future City, where four of the Influencers became panel members to discuss their role in social action and community development. Here’s what happened: