Prof's documentaries featured in historic Komagata Maru apology
On May 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a formal apology in the House of Commons around the Komagata Maru, a ship carrying 376 Indians which the Canadian government refused to allow to come ashore in B.C. in 1914. In recognition of his longstanding engagement with the social and political issues surrounding the Komagata Maru and the century-long reverberations of attendant “White Canada” immigration policies, Department of Cinema and Media Arts Chair Ali Kazimi was invited to Ottawa to witness the apology.
Excerpts from Kazimi’s award-winning 2004 feature documentary Continuous Journey were screened in the House of Commons as part of the occasion. He had the opportunity to speak to Trudeau and present him with a copy of his book Undesirables:White Canada and the Komagata Maru (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011). Kazimi’s other projects on the topic include the immersive stereoscopic 3D installation Fair Play, which depicts the lives of ordinary people who were affected by the Komagata Maru.