CAST AND CREW BIOS

Production Company – Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society

Producer – Alex Sangha

Director – Vinay Giridhar

Cast – Jaspal Kaur Sangha (Parent)

Cast – Alex Sangha

Cast – Kayden Bhangu

Cast – Jag Nagra

Cast – Avtar Singh Nagra (Parent)

Cast – Rajwant Kaur Nagra (Parent)

ALEX SANGHA

Producer and Cast Member

Alex has a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, and a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University.  In addition, he has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Alex is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor.  Alex has worked as a Team Leader, Clinician, Social Worker, Instructor, and Youth Counsellor.  He currently runs his own private counselling practice in North Delta.  Alex is the founder of Sher Vancouver.  He also produced a critically acclaimed documentary called My Name Was January which went on to win 14 awards and over 63 official selections at film festivals around the world.  Alex’s family is originally from Punjab, India and is of Sikh background. 

VINAY GIRIDHAR 

Director and Editor

Vinay completed the Digital Graphic Design Program at Vancouver Community College and a Diploma in Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School.  Vinay completed the animated short film “Loves Age,” which was an official selection at the HollyShorts Film Festival, Sherman Oaks, California, USA (An Academy Award Qualifying Festival). Check it out: Love’s Age.  Vinay is the current Art Director and Graphic Designer for a South Asian Lifestyle Magazine.  Vinay has  edited numerous short videos and has done significant art and design and film and video work for Sher Vancouver and the My Name Was January documentary film project.  Here is a video Vinay did to mark Sher’s anniversary. Check it out: 10th anniversary of Sher Vancouver.  Vinay is originally from Kerala, India and currently lives in Surrey, B.C. 

JASPAL SANGHA

Cast Member

Jaspal Sangha is the mother of three grown boys.  One of her children is gay.  Jaspal raised her three children largely as a single parent working as a nurse’s aide for many years.  She is currently retired and has three beautiful grandchildren.  She was born in Punjab, India where she worked as a Punjabi Language Teacher.  She is a survivor of breast cancer.  Jaspal lives in Delta, B.C.

KAYDEN BHANGU

Cast Member

Kayden Bhangu is a proudly queer social change advocate based in Metro Vancouver and working for a local credit union. Kayden’s experience has been in supporting queer people with intersecting identities, including LGBTQ+ folks who live with mental illness. Kayden believes in exploring queer and racial identity formation, understanding intergenerational trauma, and navigating issues related to mental and sexual
health. He believes in queer liberation across all intersections.

JAG NAGRA

Cast Member

Jag Nagra as a Graphic Designer, took a doubtful step into the world of illustration and taught herself how to illustrate with a 365-day challenge.   That project launched a new path in her career and since then has worked on illustrations for Microsoft, a 30-second ad for Clearly Contacts that aired during the SuperBowl, and she can always be found working on personal projects to help her grow as an artist and as a person.  Jag was named one of the 30 Top New Illustration Talents by Uppercase Magazine.  For more information on Jag Nagra’s talents check out her official website.

AVTAR SINGH NAGRA AND RAJWANT KAUR NAGRA

Cast Members

Born in the district of Jalandhar in Punjab, Avtar and Rajwant Nagra immigrated to Canada in 1972 and 1980 respectively and met on their wedding day in 1980. They are devout Sikhs and since finding out that both of their children are gay, they have spent the last number of years being advocates to the LGBTQ+ community and have helped break down barriers in the South Asian community starting with their own circle of extended family.  Since becoming proud grandparents, they have made it a priority to ensure that their granddaughter’s birth will help educate the larger community about equality by setting the example with love and support.