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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The Invention of the Other
In 2019, FUNAI, a Brazilian state protection agency working for Indigenous rights, sent an expedition of 30 people into the Amazon rainforest to make first contact with the Korubo. This powerful film is an immersive ethnographic journey.
An impassioned plea to care for the very thing that feeds us, balances the climate, and sustains life on earth: soil. Common Ground unveils the potential of regenerative farming, to show us how saving the soil can help save us along with it.
In 2018, an American missionary traveled illegally to one of the most isolated places on Earth– North Sentinel Island, determined to convert one of the world’s most isolated populations to Christianity. This misguided mission would quickly see him killed.
WaaPaKe is a story about resilience, love and transformation. Examined through an Indigenous lens, the stories of residential school Survivor-Warriors and their families offer an understanding of both intergenerational trauma and healing.
Mareya Shot, Keetha Goal: Make the Shot
This spirited sports doc follows four junior hockey players of South Asian descent through the 2021-2022 season as they strive to make it to the NHL. Among them, Surrey’s own Arsh Bains, who signs with the Vancouver Canucks.
Exploring the luminous ecosystems deep in the Pacific Ocean alongside the countries and companies hoping to reap the lucrative deposits of precious metals lining depths of the ocean. Deep Rising asks if this may end our search for efficient green power.
On the Adamant
On the Seine in central Paris, not far from the city’s cultural landmarks, is a huge, floating barge called The Adamant, a psychotherapy day centre with a special focus on art therapy. This tender doc won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale.
Physician, Heal Thyself
One of the world's foremost experts on addiction and trauma, Dr Gabor Maté shares not only his theories, but also his own story: his difficult childhood in Hungary and his long years of therapeutic practice in and around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.