TORONTO: The Sikh International Film Festival Toronto (SIFFT) will present two days of free screenings, including the world premiere of Super Fan, a documentary portrait of famed Toronto Raptors supporter Nav Bhatia.
Returning for its second year, SIFFT takes place October 25 and 26 at the Jackman Hall theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario, and showcases nearly 30 Canadian and international titles exploring all aspects of the Sikh experience. Screenings start at 10 am on both days, and all daytime presentations are free to the public.
“This year’s lineup is broadly appealing and extraordinarily diverse, touching on everything from faith and history to contemporary social issues,” says Nikki Gill Burns, Co-Chair of the SIFFT Committee. “We’re pleased to be able to give film enthusiasts across the Greater Toronto Area an opportunity to see wonderful titles like Super Fan free of charge.”
Directed by Frederick Bourbon, the documentary short Super Fan tells the story of how successful automotive-sales entrepreneur Nav Bhatia became one of the Toronto Raptors’ most prominent and devoted public supporters.
A regular fixture courtside, Bhatia has used his own passion for the Raptors as a vehicle to help promote awareness and understanding of the GTA’s fast-growing Sikh population. He has given away thousands of game tickets to the community, and hosts an annual Vaisakhi Day game, celebrating the birth of Sikhism, in partnership with the Raptors.
Other highlights of the free program include The Lions of London, by filmmakers Carly Berryhill and Samantha Andre, which recalls the contributions made by Sikh soldiers serving in the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World War, and The Edge – Kinara, director Gurcharan Singh’s intimate portrait of a Punjabi family in Canada grappling with a variety of everyday issues.
SIFFT will also commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in India with a series of films examining the explosive chain of events leading to the killing of an estimated 8,000 innocent people. Titles include Baljit Singh Ghuman’s 30 Years of Injustice and Drew Heskett’s Seeking Ensaaf, both of which investigate the Sikh community’s still-unfinished quest to bring those accountable for the mass killings to justice.
For a full listing of SIFFT films and screening times, please visit sifftoronto.com.
Launched in 2013, the Sikh International Film Festival Toronto highlights documentaries, shorts and feature films that celebrate the diversity of Sikh stories and storytellers.
SIFFT is supported by the Sikh Foundation of Canada, which promotes greater understanding of the Sikh presence in this country by focusing on the community’s contributions to arts, education and culture.