Mareya Shot, Keetha Goal: Make the Shot
From local co-directors Baljit Sangra (Because We Are Girls) and Nilesh Patel, this spirited documentary follows four junior hockey players of South Asian descent throughout the 2021-2022 season as they strive to be drafted into the NHL. Arjun Bawa and Kayden Sadhra-Kang skate in the footsteps of their father Robin Bawa, who made history in 1989 as the first South Asian to play in the NHL. Meanwhile, seasoned defenseman Arvin Atwal seeks to shed the fighter reputation he acquired in the American Hockey League by transferring to Slovakia. And, in an uplifting turn of events, the film traces the journey of Surrey’s own Arshdeep Bains to signing with the Vancouver Canucks. The passion for Canada’s national sport is contagious as Coach Harbs Bains— owner of the Lake Cowichan Kraken and past president of the Surrey Minor Hockey Association— and Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition commentator Harnarayan Singh unpack the revolutionary, life-changing power of diverse representation on screen and on ice: “Mareya shot, keetah goal!”
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Baljit Sangra, Nilesh Patel
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Baljit Sangra is an award-winning documentary filmmaker known for her commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. Her latest feature reunites her with Coach Harbs Bains and ice hockey player Arvin Atwal, seven years after she directed them in Hockey United, about South Asian hockey dreams in Canada. She directed the NFB-produced Because We Are Girls, which explored the impact of sexual abuse on a Punjabi family living in BC. With over 18 million minutes viewed on Amazon, the film continues its social impact worldwide. Baljit helms Viva Mantra Films.
Filmography: Because We Are Girls (2019)
For over two decades, Nilesh Patel has dedicated himself to telling the stories of us coming together. As the driving force behind Roaming Pictures, he champions marginalized talents in the film and television realm. His debut, 7 to 11 Indian, was broadcast nationally in 2004. His acclaimed award winning documentary Brocket99 – Rockin’ the Country, preserved in Canada’s National Archive, boldly delved into Canadian racism. Presently, Nilesh, a Concordia MFA alumni, is producing a slate of films through his company Roaming Pictures while continuing to advocate for racial equity in our media landscape.
Filmography: Brocket99: Rockin’ the Country (2006)
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