With a huge population from India settled there, Canada has been as close to our hearts as the US and the UK. The country even has Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the Tourism Ambassador to the Canadian Tourism Commission and even shot one of his movies, Speedy Singhs, in the country. The movie was based on the Indo-Canadian community in Canada.
With so much happening between the two countries, the Canadian High Commission has organised a film fest, Canada Diverse, in the city. The festival is showcasing some Canadian movies with English subtitles. Movies being screened include Incendies, Love & Other Dilemmas, Barney’s Version, Carry Me Home, Men of the Deeps, Les Doigts Croches / Sticky Fingers and Monsieur Lazhar.
Incendies, a French movie with English subtitles was screened on 15 June. This Academy Award-nominee for best foreign language film, is the story of two Canadian twins, Jeanne and Simon, who are left two envelopes in their mother’s will and her dying wish to find a father and a brother they never knew they had. The quest takes them back to their roots, and to the turbulent Middle East. Journeying from Canada to Lebanon, the twists and turns of their mother’s mysterious past reveal takes them on a ride of a dark past entwined with history and politics.
Barney’s Version is a touching story of the politically incorrect, fully-lived life of the impulsive and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky. Nominated for 11 Genie Awards, this movie is based on a novel by Modecai Richler.
Carry Me Home is the story and music of Toronto’s Nathaniel Dett Chorale. The Canadian composer was known for his use of folk songs and spirituals for chorals and romantic piano compositions. Through interviews with musicians, the film provides insight on Dett’s compositions and his influence on Afro-Canadian music.
Man of the Deeps captures the grace and dignity of a group of men whose livelihood has been lost but who use their voices of inspire. They are all members of the Men of the Deeps chorus, whose performances evoke their former lives as miners.
Watch out for the films as they present an interesting range of stories taking one from laughter to tears.
20 June | Barney’s Version
22 June | Carry Me Home, Men of the Deeps
27 June | Les Doigts Croches / Sticky Fingers
29 June | Monsieur Lazhar
AT: India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg
Till: 29 June, 6.30pm