Ali Kazimi is an India-born, Toronto-based award-winning filmmaker whose career spans over two decades. His point of view films address a wide range of social, environmental and historical issues. They have been heralded as beautifully crafted and astutely observed. In 2005, Now Magazine declared Kazimi Toronto’s Best Documentarian, “In a city crowded with great documentary filmmakers — Allan King , John Walker , Richard Fung , Laura Sky , Peter Lynch — Ali Kazimi stands out… Whether it’s the story of an Iroquois photographer, Canadian government racism or villagers resisting an Indian mega-dam, there’s a common thread. Kazimi’s films are both the ongoing diary of an immigrant and a wide-ranging critique of hidden power”.
Kazimi’s films have won over thirty national and international awards and honours including: Narmada: A Valley Rises (Best Political Film and Best Director, Hot Docs (1994)); Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffery Thomas (Nominated for Best Documentary, Genie Awards 1997); Continuous Journey (The Ram Bahadur Trophy for the Best Film of Festival, Films South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005, The Golden Conch , Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2006 and The Colin Low Award for the Most Innovative Canadian Documentary, DOXA Film + Video Festival, Vancouver, 2005); and Runaway Grooms ( The Donald Brittain Award (Gemini Award) for Best Social/Political Documentary, 2006).
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts at York University where he teaches production and is the lead filmmaker in 3FLIC, a stereoscopic 3D research/ creation/ training project.
Ali Kazimi’s first book, Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History launches in May 2012.