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Continuous Journey

Ali Kazimi / Canada / 2004 / 87 ' / Punjabi - Urdu / S.T. English


Ali Kazimi & Graeme Ball
Ali Kazimi
Sunil Khanna
David Adkin
Phil Strong
Ali Kazimi
Produced with the Support of: The South Asian Heritage Foundation
Produced with the Support of: The Canada Council for the Arts
Produced with the Support of: The Ontario Arts Council
Produced with the Support of: The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund
Produced with the Support of: The Toronto Arts Council

Awards & Festivals

The Golden Conch , Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2006
The Ram Bahadur Trophy for the Best Film of Festival, Films South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005 story
The Colin Low Award for the Most Innovative Canadian Documentary, DOXA Film + Video Festival, Vancouver, 2005
Best film/video on matters relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People, Black International Cinema, Berlin 2005
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 2005
Golden Sheaf Award – Best Original Score (Non-Fiction). Also nominated for Best History Documentary, Yorkton Film Festival, Canada 2005
Bronze Remi Award, Theatrical Documentary, Houston World Filmfest, USA, 2005
Sewa Award, Sikh Centennial Foundation, Toronto, Canada
Footage Researcher of the Year -Nominated for FOCAL International Award, UK, 2005
Nominated for Director's Guild of Canada Award - Best Team Achievment in a Documentary (2005)
Special Award, Punjabi Heritage Society California, USA • Special Award, Kesri Ribbon Project, Toronto, Canada
Opening Night Award, Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Toronto, 2004
Honourable Mention – Best Direction & Second Place- Audience Award, Hot Docs- Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, 2004 Nominations
Nominated for two Gemini Awards (2006) • Best Overall Sound in a Documentary (Phillip Strong, Kevin Tookar)
Best Original Score in a Documentary (Phillip Strong, Kiran Ahlluwalia, Ravi Naimpally, Shahid Ali Khan, Ben Grossman, Mark Korven)

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Continuous Journey is a complex tale of hope, despair, treachery and tragedy.


In 1914, Gurdit Singh, a Sikh entrepreneur based in Singapore, chartered a Japanese ship, the Komagata Maru, to carry Indian immigrants to Canada. On May 23, 1914, the ship arrived in Vancouver Harbour with 376 passengers aboard: 340 Sikhs; 24 Muslims and 12 Hindus. Many of the men on-board were veterans of the British Indian Army and believed that it was their right as British subjects to settle anywhere in the Empire they had fought to defend and expand. They were wrong... Continuous Journey is an inquiry into the largely ignored history of Canada's exclusion of the South Asians by a little known immigration policy called the Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908. Unlike the Chinese and the Japanese, people from British India were excluded by a regulation that appeared fair, but in reality, was an effective way of keeping people from India out of Canada until 1948. As a direct result, only a half-mile from Canadian shores, the Komagata Maru was surrounded by immigration boats and the passengers were held in communicado ­ virtual prisoners on the ship. Thus began a dramatic stand-off which would escalate over the course of two months, becoming one of the most infamous incidents in Canadian history. By examining the global context and repercussions of a Canadian event, Continuous Journey challenges us to reflect on contemporary events, and raises critical questions about how the past shapes the present.


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