Rex Vs. Singh
Dir. Richard Fung, John Greyson and Ali Kazimi | Canada 2009 | 29:38 | Video
In 1915 two Sikh mill workers, Dalip Singh and Naina Singh, were entrapped by undercover police in Vancouver one year after the infamous Komagata Maru ship, which was carrying migrant passengers from British India, was stranded at the Vancouver Harbour. Working with the original court transcripts, Fung, Greyson and Kazimi—all highly respected Toronto video and filmmakers—each spins his own “take” on this hidden bit of Canadian injustice. Impeccably told as a period reconstruction, a documentary and even a musical, the trio allows this piece of history to reveal itself, letting the viewer discover more and more with each re-telling.
Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic. Winner of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art, Fung currently teaches at the Ontario College of Art & Design.
Ali Kazimi was born and raised in India and is an internationally-acclaimed documentary filmmaker. He currently teaches film and video at York University in Toronto.
John Greyson is a prolific video artist, filmmaker and writer. Greyson currently teaches film and video at York University and recently completed his new feature, Fig Trees.
Curated by Lisa Steele
Co-presented by Vtape and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Sat OCT 10 | 11:30 Am | Vtape
A conversation between Richard Fung, John Greyson And Ali Kazimi, moderator TBD
With an aim to deepen our audiences’ understanding of contemporary media art practices, strategies and techniques, Video Vox is a conversation between the artists whose work is on display at Vtape and a cultural critic, a writer, a curator or another artist.