On May 23rd 1914, the Komagata Maru entered the Burrard Inlet. It was carrying 376 passengers, mostly Punjabi Sikhs, who wished to immigrate to Canada as denizens of the British Empire. The ship was never allowed to dock in Vancouver. After two gruelling months, it was sent back to India where a violent confrontation left many passengers dead, injured, and jailed. This tragic story marks an important moment in the City's history that demonstrates the sacrifices made by our ancestors that pioneered South Asian life in the west.
We were tasked to cover the story as the Mayor's office prepares a formal apology in council chambers on May 18th, 2021. The film is meant to offer context ahead of the apology, but also will live on in perpetuity to keep this story alive for generations ahead.
It was a pleasure to work with Inder and the team at Kahani films to produce the Remembering Komagata Maru film. There was constant communication throughout the process which from start to finish was very clear, timely and professional. Inder went out of his way to research the incident and became incredibly knowledgeable about the topic in a very short timeframe. His brilliant interview skills allowed us to get really unique and interesting stories that all came together beautifully. Inder’s passion for storytelling and videography is the reason we now have a timeless, educational and touching video to share with people of all ages.