My name is Cameron Bhola; a 30 year old Actor, Media Production Graduate, who hails from Brooklyn, and an Uber Driver.
Acting with me in the above video is Moshe Kravitsky; a 33 year old father of 3 from Crown Heights, and a fundraiser.
Two weeks ago, Moshe and I didn't know each other. Through divine providence, and my being an Uber driver, I picked him up for a ride. That was the first time we met.
We instantly hit off an unlikely friendship. Laughing and poking fun at all the stereotypes directed our way.
When Moshe got in my car, I offered him the "aux jack" and told him he can put on any music he'd like from his phone. So he went to Youtube and found the "Jewiest" version of Hava Naggillah, and cranked it up. We both laughed at how cheesy people can be sometimes; thinking all Hasidic Jews just listen to "hava nagillah on a loop" on their phones....because whatever else would they listen to?"
Our conversation turned to the issue of racism, and how sad it is to witness the racial tensions spreading like wildfire throughout the US. The long-ago but not forgotten Crown Heights riots came up as well.
As both of us have a love of acting and inspiring others, we resolved to stage a race-centric argument on the subway that would start off like most others fights, over something small like a subway seat. The fact that I'm Black and he's White and Jewish -- right there, you've got all the usual stereotypes at play in the background. But we wanted to end with a curve-ball out of left field. Something that'd show subway riders and the whole world "what's taking place today in the US - the violence rising between people of different cultures -- for whatever the reason -- that's not life. We're better than that! It's high-time to start finding out what real LIVING looks like in 2015!
Directed by Cameron Bhola and Moshe Kravitsky
Filmed by Shneur Mish & Rabbi Mendy Friedman
Special Thanks to:
Chananel Benshalom, Mendel Lipskier, Zev Greenspan, and Reggie
for breaking out into spontaneous song on 5 different subway cars :)