The independent filmmaker Ali Kazimi talked with Joseph Planta about his new film, Continuous Journey, a documentary about the Komagata Maru incident in Vancouver’s harbour in 1914. It debuts the DOXA Documentary Film and Video Festival in Vancouver on Tuesday, 24 May 2005. It’s a fascinating moment in Canadian history, and a fascinating conversation that’s split into two segments.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
A shameful moment in Canadian history is retold in a brand new documentary called Continuous Journey. In 1914, the Komagata Maru, carrying 376 men, women and children arrived from British India in Vancouver’s harbour. Believing, as British subjects they could settle in Canada, they were instead forced to live aboard ship for two months as prisoners.
Joining me on the line here in Vancouver, where Continuous Journey will be screened at the DOXA Documentary Film and Video Festival on Tuesday night is the filmmaker Ali Kazimi. Based in Toronto, the Indian born Kazimi’s films have been broadcast around the world and nationally, on PBS, the CBC, and more. Continuous Journey screens Tuesday, 24 May 2005 at the Vogue Theatre, 7.30 in the evening. Tickets and information are available by calling 604.646.3200, or by hitting up their website: http://www.doxafestival.ca. Please welcome to THECOMMENTARY.CA, Ali Kazimi; Good morning, Mr. Kazimi.
DOXA Documentary Film & Video Festival: http://www.doxafestival.ca