Kohinoor Foods

Azim Popat, owner of Kohinoor Foods   Kohinoor Foods Kohinoor Foods was founded in 1978 by Sadrudin Nanji, a Ugandan refugee who sought sanctuary in Canada after Idi Amin expelled all the South Asian citizens from Uganda. Despite being discouraged by his peers who thought that being a Moslem would create problems for his business,…

Lara O’Keefe

WINNER BEST PHOTO, FOR “COLLECTED ANTICIPATION”   Photo: COLLECTED ANTICIPATION © Lara O’Keefe   Photo: BEST FOOT FORWARD © Lara O’Keefe     About Lara O’Keefe Lara O’Keefe is a freelance writer/photographer with a love for urban landscapes. A born and raised country girl, she is consistently delighted and surprised by all of the diverse…

Sunny Arora

NOMINEE, BEST PHOTO   Photo: RED DANCE © Sunny Arora   Photo: STREET-NO-CAR © Sunny Arora   Photo: INDEPENDENCE DAY © Sunny Arora     About Sunny Arora I moved to Canada from the cool city of Ludhiana in India. I am a Web Developer student who fell in love with concept of capturing light…

Sharman Wilson

NOMINEE, BEST NON-FICTION STORY Story: TANGERINE SUN “Funnel down straight through the clouds Like an ever flowing stream Like an ever flowing stream Take a bite of the fruit of life Cause the fruit of life is sweet Cause the fruit of life is sweet” I was walking along Gerrard Street listening to the song…

Wm Perry

NOMINEE, BEST NON-FICTION STORY Story: MY NICEST BAZAAR MEMORY Being an older, white male working in an immigrant women’s centre in the Gerrard India Bazaar was never part of my life plan. It just sort of happened when I was my 40s back in the 1990s. It was the most enriching few years of my…

Sadi Muktadir

WINNER, BEST NON-FICTION STORY Story: OLD CREATION It was always the summer. At least, that’s how I remember it. On that street, all I can recall is the heat, the green leaves overhead, and the whirring of the streetcar as it blurred everything outside on its path to the bazaar. I hated it. The heat…

Director’s Statement

Left to right: Location Sound/Editor-Paul Hart,2nd Unit Camera-Luca Caruso-Moro, Cinematographer-Bongo Kolycius, Production Assistant(PA)-Sophie Camille, 2nd Unit Camera-Liam Hart, PA-Ana Sami,PA-Elizabeth Ivanoff, PA-Jamie Hart, Producer/Director-Nina Beveridge photo © Jo-Anne McArthur for Village of Dreams Productions Inc.   When TVO put out a tender entitled “Here, Now, 150” seeking proposals for documentary films that reflected upon our…