Ali Kazimi

In 2019, Ali Kazimi became the first Indo-Canadian to
be honoured with the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Visual and Media Arts for over three decade 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 currently Associate 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 feature 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 a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) to Kazimi in May, 2019.

Artist Code: 692


Random Acts Of Legacy

2016, 77:52 minutes, colour, English

Rex vs. Singh

2009, 29:38 minutes, colour, English

Runaway Grooms

2005, 52:00 minutes, colour

Continuous Journey (Educational & Broadcast version with captions)

2004, 57:30 minutes, Colour, English, Punjabi, Urdu, (available Closed Captioned or Open Captioned)

Continuous Journey (Original version)

2004, 87:00 minutes, Colour, Eng./Punjabi/Urdu, not captioned

Narmada: A Valley Rises

1994, 87:00 minutes

Voice of Our Own

1989, 25:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Random Acts of Legacy
by Glenn Sumi. NOW, Apr 26, 2016.
Prof Hopes Komagata Maru Apology Acknowledges Canada's Former...
by Jim Coyle. The Toronto Star, May 17, 2016.
Crossing Lines, Building Bridges
by Srimoyee Mitra. Crossing Lines: an Intercultural Dialogue, 2009. Toronto: SAVAC, 2009.
Our Not-So Welcome Past: Film Review: Continuous Journey
by Chris Knight. The National Post, Jan. 21, 2005.
Troubled Waters: Continuous Journey Reviewed
by Leah Mclaren. The Globe and Mail, Jan. 21, 2005.
Ship of dreams gets rude reception
by Susan Walker. The Toronto Star, Jan. 21, 2005.
'Runaway grooms' leave shame behind: Film tells stories of jilted...
by Olivia Ward. The Toronto Star, Apr. 23, 2005.
Wild wild west end: Parkdale film festival REHAB gives independent...
by Kim Linekin. EYE WEEKLY, June 13, 2002, v. 11, no. 36.
High-concept filmmaking on a low budget
by Robert Everett-Green. The Globe and Mail, Apr. 24, 1998.
Images teems with alternative visions
by Ingrid Randoja. NOW, Apr. 23, 1998, v. 17, no. 34.
An Interview with Ali Kazimi
by Marcy Goldberg and Firoza Elavia. cineACTION, Spring 1995, no. 37.
Feminist Films Air Minority Concerns
by Randi Spires. The Toronto Star, Dec. 8, 1989.