Local film producer interviewed by Vancouver Film School students
Surrey, British Columbia – Sher Vancouver founder and local film producer, Alex Sangha, was interviewed by Vancouver Film School students regarding his award-winning local indie documentary, My Name Was January, and his upcoming film, Emergence: Out of the Shadows.
Vishal Joshi directed the short video interview (8 minutes 55 seconds). Vishal is originally from Mumbai, India and arrived in Canada in 2018 to study at the Vancouver Film School.
Tejbir Singh Kambo was the videographer. He is a Canadian citizen and has lived in Canada for 11 years. He is originally from Moga, Punjab, India and is also a student at the Vancouver Film School.
In the video, Alex talks about his passion for his two films My Name Was January and Emergence: Out of the Shadows and provides some valuable advice for the new up and coming local film students.
SYNOPSIS – MY NAME WAS JANUARY
When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home in New Westminster, BC, her community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives. January had a beautiful soul, and now part of her soul rests in each and every one of us.
SYNOPSIS – EMERGENCE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Explore the taboo topic of being gay or lesbian in the South Asian community of Metro Vancouver and abroad. Kayden tells a poignant story of family rejection and self-discovery while embracing his newfound family and life. Parents and their children discuss the struggles they have endured and overcome to preserve the family through generations to come. Success often means setting aside long-established culture and tradition for compassion, love, and acceptance.
In a follow-up note after the interview, Vishal stated “Thank you Alex for giving us this opportunity . . . we really enjoyed working with you.”
“It’s always wonderful to mentor and provide guidance to bright young students like Vishal and Tejbir. They are both studying at a top notch institution at the Vancouver Film School and Vancouver could not be a better place for them to break into the film industry. I am confident they will both have a meaningful and successful career in the film industry based on what I have seen of their professionalism and hard work so far,” states Alex Sangha.
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