Our upcoming CINECLUB screening at Cinémathèque québécoise
Thursday 30th Nov, 2023 at 6:00pm

Title: Behind the Bhangra Boys
Director: Nance Ackerman
Country: Canada
Duration: 53 min

Language: English with French subtitles
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Format: Digital

Behind the Bhangra Boys is a joyous look at culture, immigration, activism and community through the experience of the Maritime Bhangra Group. Going beyond the dance and viral videos, we follow the group as they seek connections in First Nations communities to raise awareness for Climate Change and our planet.


Nance Ackerman

Nance Ackerman Nance Ackerman is a documentary photographer by trade and a filmmaker by choice. Nance started freelancing at Canada’s National Newspaper, the Globe and Mail and then moved on to the Toronto Star, NYTimes, Canadian Geographic, the Montreal Gazette and now she works with the National Film Board of Canada and other production companies across the country. Her books and photographs have been shown around the world and her documentaries receive global critical acclaim. A director, cinematographer, editor and music composer, she works to create films that are experiential and cinematic. Her international photo workshops take students to some of the planet’s most remote communities. In her spontaneous engaging way, she tries to connect people to create a more caring world.


Festival Staff


Syeda Nayab Bukhari, Directrice du festival

Sukh 2

Sukhpreet Kahlon, Programmatrice du festival

Gurpreet Kaur

Gurpreet Kaur, Coordonatrice du festival


Social Media Coordination

Coming soon.

Contributing Programmers

Anjali Kohli
Arindam Das
Asad D.P.
Asma Azam
Ayeesha Muttu
Darien Sanchez Nicolas
Farhan Ahmed
Lapointe-Provost Emeraude
Pervez Khizra
Sabiha Mohammed
Sowparnika Balaswaminathan
Shagufta Fuad
Sahil Balla
Shaheryar Ahmed
Tazeen Javed
Trisha Ghosh
Zoya Shabbir
Valerie Broege


Dushyant Yajnik, Former festival director

South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFMontréal) is presented by Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture, a not-for-profit organization promoting various art forms and activities such as music, dance, cinema, literature and poetry.


South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFM), the only one of its kind in the great city of Montréal, is committed to showcasing new artistic work that fosters discussions and explores the world we inhabit. The Festival hopes to be a platform for filmmakers worldwide whose films have a focus on South Asia and its diaspora.