Interview with Kavery Kaul, director of Streetcar to Calcutta
Streetcar to Calcutta follows writer Fatima Shaik, who is Christian and African American, on a cinematic journey from New Orleans, the city of her birth, to Calcutta, the birthplace of the Muslim grandfather she never knew. Her Christian African American family has lived in Louisiana for four generations. Her Muslim Benagali grandfather left India and settled in New Orleans in 1893 and married Tennie Ford, an African American Catholic. Traveling from New Orleans to Calcutta across geographcial, spiritual and cultural borders, Fatima Shaik will become acquainted with Islam in daily life and investigate what Muslims in India associate with Christianity. It is a story of Christianity and Islam, America and India, New Orleans and Calcutta.