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For nearly two millenniums, Jews (as well as Christians) have lived in predominantly Hindu India, especially in the culturally eclectic southwestern coastal regions of Kochi (formerly called Cochin) and Goa. Jews in India trace their heritage to ancestors who fled the Roman conquest of Jerusalem. But two almost simultaneous events—India’s independence in 1947 and the establishment of Israel in 1948—sparked a rapid exodus. (Goa actually remained a Portuguese colony until 1961.) Some Jews remain in the subcontinent, however, as Canadian director Vanessa C. Laufer reveals in Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India, a 50-minute video. Part of the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s “Edges of the Diaspora” film series, the documentary shows both the diversity and the continuity of Jewish culture in an unexpected patch of the globe. Salaam Shalom, which will be shown with another film that’s yet to be announced, screens at 7 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $8. (202) 777-3248. (Mark Jenkins)