Our 2014 Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program featured “An evening with Ali Kazimi and the film “Continuous Journey” (2004)” at the New Surrey City Hall on Thursday May 1, 2014. The event featured a conversation with the filmmaker Ali Kazimi and screening of his 2004 documentary, “Continuous Journey”, which explores the history of the Komagata Maru ‘incident’ of 1914, when a ship carrying over 350 would-be immigrants from South Asia was turned away from Vancouver. It represented a partnership with the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation, Surrey Art Gallery, and Surrey Civic Theatres, as a part of a major region-wide commemoration of the centenary of the Komagata Maru incident in the summer of 2014. It also formed the opening component of our Komagata Maru Project, which was comprised of a series of theatrical productions (May 3-4 2014 at UBC and May 9 in Surrey) of Canadian plays in Punjabi and English about the Komagata Maru incident, and a related symposium on theatre and the postcolonial at UBC (May 3 2014).
Well-known writer Surjeet Kalsey was awarded the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Writer’s award in 2014, in recognition of her profound contribution to Punjabi language literary production, and in particular for her attention to gender issues in broad terms, and her efforts to bring Punjabi-language and Punjabi-influenced materials to a wider English-speaking audience through translation and new work written in English.
For more information, see the UBC_Book_Award_Announcement_2014.
Photos by Oliver Mann:
We provide here a taste of the conversation with the filmmaker, Ali Kazimi.