Today is Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a time to reflect on the ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and Canada’s painful history with Indigenous communities. Today is also a day to remember and honour the children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities as we work towards reconciliation.

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Ali Kazimi is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist and author. His films have received national and international honours and awards, been screened in prestigious festivals and broadcast nationally and internationally. Runaway Grooms (2005) was the recipient of the Donald Britain Award for Best Social/Political documentary presented under the Gemini Awards. His feature films include Narmada; A Valley Rises (1994), Continuous Journey (2004) and Random Acts of Legacy (2016). 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 migration to Canada. He served as the President of the Independent Film and Video Alliance (1992-93) and the Chair of the Toronto chapter of the Canadian  Independent Film Caucus (1996-1997)

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, York University where he has also served as the Chair of the Department.

In 2019 he received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in visual and media arts. The same year University of British Columbia conferred him with a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).


Ali Kazimi est cinéaste primé, artiste en arts médiatiques et auteur. Ses films, qui ont reçu des prix et des honneurs à l’échelle nationale et internationale, ont été présentés dans des festivals prestigieux et diffusés ici et ailleurs. Runaway Grooms (2005) a reçu le prix Donald Britain du meilleur documentaire social ou politique présenté dans le cadre des prix Gémeaux. Parmi ses œuvres, citons Narmada; A Valley Rises (1994), Continuous Journey (2004) et Random Acts of Legacy (2016). Son film Continuous Journey (2004) et son livre, Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru (2011), ont d’ailleurs joué un rôle essentiel pour mettre en lumière les histoires oubliées des premiers immigrants de l’Asie du Sud au Canada. Par le passé, il a été président de l’Alliance de la vidéo et du cinéma indépendants (1992-1993) et de la section de Toronto de l’Association des documentaristes du Canada (1996-1997).

Il est professeur agrégé au Département de cinéma et d’arts médiatiques de l’Université York dont il est également le directeur.

En 2019, il a été récipiendaire du Prix du Gouverneur général en arts visuels et arts médiatiques, la plus haute distinction du Canada pour l’excellence en arts médiatiques et visuels. La même année, l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique lui a décerné un doctorat honorifique en lettres.