Vancouver International South Asian film festival promotes unity in diversity as this year’s theme


One of the most important South Asian film festivals in Canada is kicking off its annual occasion in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, with unity in diversity as this year’s theme for all its featured movies and documentaries.

The Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival will characteristic 80 movies, together with 12 options and eight documentaries starting Friday, Nov 11, at two venues in Surrey — metropolis corridor’s Centre Stage theatre and SFU Surrey.

“Coming out of COVID … I believe it is the right time for us to say that diversity is so essential and for us to truly unite in that diversity collectively,” stated festival producer Mannu Sandu.

She stated this year’s festival is a strategy to showcase movies made by the South Asian neighborhood, with the City of Surrey as a spot for future Bollywood movies.

“Punjabi movies get shot [in Surrey] like each second day. Bollywood can be us as a distinguished place to come back and shoot.”

The opening gala that includes a panel of filmmakers will happen on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Centre Stage with leisure from violinist Raaginder Singh Momi, identified just by his stage title as Raaginder.

Raaginder says this year’s theme of unity in diversity goes completely together with his model of music as he has lived a various life. (Submitted by Mannu Sandhu)

“I really feel like I’ve lived a really numerous life … so it is good that [diversity] is the theme for the festival as a result of I really feel like my music goes completely with that.”


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