ENDORSEMENTS

FEEDBACK ON THE STORY-LINE EDIT

“Narrationally interesting, emotionally gripping, and of great educational value. We wish you success in the project and are confident that the addition of secondary visuals and subtitles that you are engaged in will make the film cinematically powerful.”

Chinmoy Banerjee
Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation
Former SFU English Professor Emeritus

FEEDBACK ON THE FINAL CUT

“The Team behind Emergence has really created a special film to shed much needed light on a very important topic ACCEPTANCE!  The LGBTQ+ community and in this case the Punjabi LGBTQ+ community highlighted in this emotional and well executed film.  The film showcases three Punjabi subjects in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia who tell their stories and struggle of coming out to their families and their community.  I applaud the filmmakers for their bold subject matter and excellent execution.”

Avi Federgreen
Award-Winning Producer
Nominated for a Gemini, Leo Award, Daytime Emmy, Canadian Screen Award, and Winner of a Directors Guild of Canada Award

“Emergence is a must see film on the crucial topic of struggling with love and acceptance in the South Asian gay and lesbian community. We are skillfully guided through three different family situations of coming out and how each family navigated their journeys. This film offers hope for a better future for all families with youth who are struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity as well as anyone interested in a world where it gets better for all.”

Susan Ruzic
Acting Assistant Director of Social Justice
BC Teacher’s Federation

“How can the love of a parent help 2SLGBTQ+ youth? Emergence: Out of the Shadows takes us on a journey of three South Asian queer folx and their families reaction to their coming out. We learn that love can conquer all especially when it starts at home.”

Annie Ohana
Nationally Recognized Anti-Oppression Educator

“Emergence: Out of the Shadows accomplishes in 90 minutes what our communities have been trying to do for so long – remove the shutters off of a silenced and shamed part of our world. This seminal work will spur discussion and help our communities begin a journey of healing and acceptance. A foundational work that will uplift all.”

Upkar Singh Tatlay
Vice President, DIVERSEcity

“Emergence: Out of the Shadows has a powerful start followed by good narration. The film captures the audience’s attention. The movie goes full steam ahead after the first thirty minutes, that is something rare!  Here, it’s more engrossing. Especially with the outdoor shots . . .  Amazing!”

Dr. Viney Sharma
Times of India Correspondent and Former Journalist with The Economic Times

“The film tells the inspiring story of three gay South Asians who have come to terms with the stigmatization and suppression of their identity in a socially conservative culture.  Each of the three is articulate, candid and courageous in describing their emotional journey.  A huge element of this journey involves coming to terms with their families — or, for one of them, accepting that this will not be possible, but that new families can be created out of love.”

Dr. Patricia Gruben
Award Winning Filmmaker and Retired Professor of Film Studies at SFU specializing in Indian Cinema and Winner of a Spotlight Award for being “Woman of the Year” from Women in Film and Television Vancouver

 “In Emergence: Out of the Shadows, a diverse group of courageous and eloquent young South Asians tell their stories of coming out as gay and lesbian to their families. The pain, humour, and hope depicted in their stories has a simple message – that love is love and nothing is as liberating as being true to yourself. Visually beautiful, this film is an understated but powerful platform to move forward a cause and celebrate humanity in all its diversity.”

Ravi Basi
Manager of Multicultural Services
Surrey Libraries

“Emergence: Out of the Shadows” shares the transformative stories and impactful emotional journeys of three South Asians.  The film organically weaves their experiences in coming out with that of their parents – fostering a deeper connection and understanding of each other.”  

Karen Wong
Producer – The Curse of Willow Song
Vancouver International Film Festival 2020 Best BC Film Award

“Alex and his team have been making their name as compassionate filmmakers shining a light on underrepresented and marginalized people in Canadian society. These are the stories we need to hear and see and they are as compelling as they are revealing.”

David C. Jones
Actor, Keynote Speaker, Writer, Filmmaker, and Teacher
His film “Same Boat” won the OUTtv’s People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

“Emergence: Out of the Shadows is an impactful documentary that reveals complex truths about identity and family ties. Despite conflicted emotions, three people bravely share their perspectives on life and love, taking viewers on a powerful journey through their lived experiences of coming out to their families. This thought-provoking and tender film affirms chosen family bonds and the power of genuine acceptance and love.” 

Mette Bach
Author, Teacher, Screenwriter, and Director
Author of Femme, Cinders and Charming and The Love Cod
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“Emergence: Out of the Shadows is an exceptionally effective documentary as it provides a genuine and in-depth look into the three distinct journeys of Kayden, Jag, and Amar, who grapple with their sexuality and courageously come out of hiding it from their traditional Punjabi Sikh families and the community at large. As the film richly narrates their voices and those of their families, it provides a nuanced view into how family — adopted, in the case of Kayden — culture and religion also play a role in building resilience. The audience is undeniably left with hope and greater awareness of the profound journey towards acceptance and loving kindness.”

Dr. Kamala Nayar
Chair and Faculty, Asian Studies
Kwantlen Polytechnic University