#ReelworldFilmFestival; #Roobha, #Toronto, #Canada, #LeninSivam
Toronto, Sep 19 (Canadian-Media): 2018 Reelworld Film Festival (RFF) would kick off with Toronto premiere Roobha on Oct 9, media reports said.
Reelworld Film Festival. Image credit: Facebook page
Held annually in downtown Toronto, ReelWorld Film Festival is a five-day film festival screening features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other multi-racial communities.
2018 RFF, in its 18th year of empowering and championing emerging Indigenous and racialized storytellers, will run from Oct 9 to Oct 14.
The screening of the films would be done at Glenn Gould Studio, Famous Players Canada Square, and the Toronto Reference Library.
The film Roobha, directed by Lenin M. Sivam, would be showcased in Toronto at Glenn Gould Studio on Oct 9 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
Lenin M. Sivam. Image credit: Facebook page
Principle cast of the film are: Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, Amrit Sandhu, Thenuka Kantharajah and Sornalingam Vyramuthu.
The main character in the film, Roobha, a South Asian trans-woman, is dejected by her community and struggles to make a living as a transwoman in Toronto.
There she comes across a enthusiastic family man, Anthony and a romance follows.
But the romance is short-lived as her family finds about this relationship.
Roobha's unique romantic tale deals with the complexities of personality and gender identity within the South-Asian community.
Reelworld in its 2018 diverse and indigenous films, with its continuous spotlight on Canadian content, showcase impact on societal norms and challenging issues including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), life and gender identity, climate change and the environment, feminist and women’s issues, racism, cultural oppression, mental health, and social injustice.
“The festival grows stronger each year, because we’re programming films that speak to the cultural struggles of our communities," says Founder and Executive Director Tonya Williams. “Since the festival’s inception in 2001, you can see the quality and maturity in our programming improves each year. Our racially diverse filmmakers are not afraid to delve into difficult issues and show us the raw emotions of these complex topics.”
The mission of RFF, a non-profit organization, is to empower and champion the cause of emerging Canadian Indigenous and racialized storytellers and film makers of all levels with Industry Panels, Professional Development opportunities, and Incubator Initiatives.
REF program is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsors TD Bank and Cineplex, support from the Canadian government and our major sponsors and partners, the, CBC, Inspirit Foundation, the CMPA, AFBS, DGC, ACTRA, WGC and others to whom we are deeply grateful.
Sivam, born in Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Canada is internationally acclaimed and recipient of several film awards both in Canada and around the world.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Jhalki, #India, #BrahmanandSSiingh, #bondedlabor, #Toronto, #Canada
Toronto, Sep 20 (Canadian-Media): A First Look Launch worldwide of the film Jhalki, a moving tale of lost childhood, was presented by Brahmanand S Siingh, the director of the film, and his team, on September 9 at Aanch Restaurant in downtown Toronto, Ontario.
Brahmanand S Siingh (right) & Tanvi Jain (left)
Siingh, an award-winning filmmaker (producer-director) and writer, has presented in this film a lyrical story encompassing the environment of bonded child labor in India.
According to an official report, today one in every seven child is a laborer and over 200 million children between ages five and 14 work worldwide as some kind of laborer or other.
"Jhalki is a mirror to our society … and draws our attention to a social malaise that many aren’t even aware of … Children are trafficked, put into forced labor … when what they long for 24x7 is to return to their family, said Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Prize laureate, founder of Save Childhood Movement.
The film stars Boman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Divya Dutta, Tanishtha Chatterjee, Govind Namdev, Joy Sengupta, Akhilendra Mishra, Bachan Pachera and Kailash Satyarthi as a special appearance.
Produced by Brahmanand S Siingh & Annand Chavan, the film is co-produced by Vinayak Gawande & Jayesh Parekh & co-directed by Tanvi Jain.
The story of the film is about the search of a nine year-old girl, Jhalki for her seven year-old brother, Babu.
Like innumerable other kids from her village, one day, Babu is traded-off in a very unlikely situation for the family.
The film reveals the agony of a seven year-old Babu, who was used to fun and freedom in spite of the existing poverty.
The happy and carefree childhood of Jhalki and Babu
Suddenly he finds himself thrown into an inhuman world of child labor in a terminally gloomy, dark and depressing workplace of one of the carpet weaving factories of india.
After getting no clue of the whereabouts of Babu, Jhalki's love for her brother compels her to follow her own instincts to take on a strenuous journey in search of Babu.
In spite of the bureaucracy, corruption and exploitation, that she faces during her journey, Jhalki, compared to a tireless sparrow that gets her lost grain of food back for her children, does not give up.
With her presence of mind and strong determination, she is able to free Babu along with thousands of other children caught in the vicious trap.
Trailer of the film Jhalki
"Jhalki’s journey is a journey of hope, of confidence, and of self-belief … Jhalki’s struggle is a relentless process of overcoming the odds and of looking for solutions … in a way that even the most ordinary citizen may feel inspired to fight (against these prevalent practices) and emerge triumphant!" said Satyarthi.
Kailash Satyarthi. Image credit: Facebook page
The film keeps spectators spellbound like in a bedtime folk story and towards the end of the story fully revolutionises them to participate in the movement that can impact 200 million children worldwide.
The film Jhalki will be released in India in February 2019.
Siingh, based out of Mumbai and recipient of many awards is best acclaimed for his films like Kaagaz Ki Kashti, a biopic on legendary ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh and his National-Award winning feature-length documentary on RD Burman, Pancham Unmixed: Mujhe Chalte Jaana Hai.
All his films are highly recognised for their sensitivity, authenticity and engaging quality and draw great response. He has also set out to create exciting Biopics on many contemporary and historical icons of India who have inspired our lives and leave a legacy for the future.
Siingh's insightful, exploring and reflective dimensions in the subjects that excite him, delivers its core essence in a captivating manner.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#CanadaBorderServicesAgency; #EKOS; #BorderSecurity:Canada'sFrontLineShow, #NationalGeographicChannel
Ottawa, Sep 3 (Canadian-Media): According to a recent report put together for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), cancellation of the controversial reality TV show, is a key source of information for Canadians on the border, media reports said.
"The Border Security television program was commonly cited as a source of information that provided a window into the work that CBSA does and generally seemed to contribute to a greater appreciation of it," the report notes.
"Respondents were asked if they had ever personally done any of several things to get information about crossing the border, or about a CBSA program or service. Most often, they say they watched the television program Border Security: Canada's Front Line (43 per cent)," reads the report.
EKOS, a research firm, on behalf of CBSA conducted a a telephone survey in late 2017 and ran a series of 12 focus groups in early 2018 to assess Canadians' views on the services of the cancelled TV reality show and border management in general for internal use.
It was noted by the March 2018 report that Canadians often mentioned the show Border Security: Canada's Front Line.
Filmed for the National Geographic Channel beginning in 2012, Border Security showed unscripted encounters between border officers and the public.
Scott Bardsley, spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph GoodaleIt also tweeted about the popularity of the show "that will make you think twice the next time you consider hiding anything in your luggage."
Years later, the show — now in reruns and available online — still has an impact.
The television show was also mentioned in focus groups.
Overall, awareness of the CBSA and its activities is up.
About 69 per cent of Canadians expressed an awareness of the CBSA, up from 21 per cent in 2007.
When asked about specific programs, 47 per cent of respondents mentioned Nexus, a joint Canada-U.S. program that allows low-risk pre-approved travellers an expedited journey through the border.
"One in three don't mention any programs, while five per cent mentioned NAFTA," said the report.
When asked if there are any plans to revive the show, a spokesperson for the CBSA would only say that the agency "is always looking for ways to demonstrate its hard work."
"While the series came to an end in 2015, it was, and continues to be, an important educational tool," said Jayden Robertson.
Scott Bardsley, a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said he wasn't surprised by the results.
"Canadians lead busy lives, and no one expects a website or other communication tools to be more popular than a television show," he said.
"During its three-season run, the show raised some privacy concerns, including from the privacy commissioner, so it was not renewed for a fourth season," said Bardsley. "While the government is always looking for innovative ways to inform the public, any future projects would need to respect travellers' privacy rights."
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which fought for the show to be canned, said it is troubling Canadians are still learning from a show that violated peoples' privacy.
"We think it's reprehensible that it was ever recorded because it was such an invasion of people's privacy," said staff counsel Meghan McDermott.
The association spearheaded a complaint from migrant labourer Oscar Mata Duran that took the CBSA to task for allowing a production company to film their examination of him following a work site raid. Mata Duran said he was presented with a consent form that he did not read, but signed out of confusion and fear.
EKOS conducted 2,310 telephone interviews with Canadian adults between Nov. 30 and Dec. 13, 2017.