Still from Continuous Journey
Still from Continuous Journey

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Continuous Journey

by Ali Kazimi
Continuous Journey is a complex tale of hope, despair, treachery and tragedy.
2004  ·  1h27m  ·  Canada
Punjabi, Urdu
English subs
About the Film
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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Festivals and Awards
Gemini Awards, Nominee for Best Overall Sound in a Documentary
Gemini Awards, Best Original Score in a Documentary
Mumbai International Film Festival, India, The Golden Conch
Films South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, The Ram Bahadur Trophy for the Best Film of Festival
DOXA Film + Video Festival, Vancouver, The Colin Low Award for the Most Innovative Canadian Documentary
Black International Cinema, Berlin, Best film/video on matters relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Yorkton Film Festival, Canada , Golden Sheaf Award – Best Original Score (Non-Fiction)
heatrical Documentary, Houston World Filmfest, USA, Bronze Remi Award
Director's Guild of Canada, Nominated for Best Team Achievment in a Documentary
Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Toronto, Opening Night Award
Hot Docs- Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Honourable Mention – Best Direction
Hot Docs- Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Second Place - Audience Award
Sikh Centennial Foundation, Toronto, Canada, Sewa Award
Punjabi Heritage Society California, USA, Special Award
Kesri Ribbon Project, Toronto, Canada, Special Award
In the Press
The Free Library
Ali Kazimi and Graeme Ball
Ali Kazimi
Sound Editor
Sunil Khanna, David Adkin and Phil Strong
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About the Director

Ali Kazimi

Headshot of director Ali Kazimi. Photocredit: Michael Barker
Photocredit: Michael Barker

In 2019, Ali Kazimi was honoured with the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Visual and Media Arts for over three decades of ground-breaking work as a documentary and media artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history, and memory. His film Continuous Journey (2004), alongside his book, Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru (2011), have played a key role in shedding light on the forgotten histories of early South Asian immigration to Canada. Born, raised, and educated in India, Kazimi came to Canada to study film production at York University in 1983. Two decades later, after establishing himself as an award-winning independent filmmaker, Kazimi returned to York University.

He is a full Professor in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, where he has also served as the Chair of the Department. Kazimi’s films have received over two dozen national and international honours and awards, been screened in prestigious festivals and broadcast nationally and internationally. His films include: Narmada; A Valley Rises (1994), Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas (1997), Continuous Journey (2004) and Random Acts of Legacy (2016). The University of British Columbia conferred an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), to Kazimi in 2019.

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