Still from Continuous Journey
Still from Continuous Journey

On Demand

Continuous Journey

by Ali Kazimi
Continuous Journey is a complex tale of hope, despair, treachery and tragedy.
2004  ·  1h27m  ·  Canada
English, 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
Ali Kazimi
About the Director

Ali Kazimi

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.



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