“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


“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