On Saturday, February, 6th the Pluralism Project co-hosted a screening of Qissa-e Parsi: The Parsi Story, followed by a special Q&A with co-director Divya Cowasji who will be joining us virtually from India. A panel discussion on the topic of “Personal Perspectives on Zoroastrian Philosophy” followed and included panelists who are knowledgeable members of the ZAGBA community. Refreshments and a luncheon were provided by ZAGBA. The event was sponsored by the Zoroastrian Association of the Greater Boston Area, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and the Harvard Chaplains and was held in conjunction with World Interfaith Harmony Week.
About the film: “Qissa-e Parsi explores the history of the Parsi community, its relationship to the Indian state, and association with the city of Mumbai. It strives to understand the Zoroastrian faith and the philosophy of to live and laugh and love that is the backbone of the Parsiway of life, and what makes it so endearingly unique and beloved. As the community is plagued with anxieties over its dwindling numbers, the film looks at current debates on issues of interfaith marriage. On the whole, Qissa-e Parsi is an attempt to understand a community which has always been numerically small, yet culturally and socially formidable.” (Documentary, 2014; 30 min.)
About the filmmaker: Divya Cowasji is a documentary filmmaker whose work engages primarily with issues of gender, public space and documenting oral histories of minority communities.