ROCK DEMERS (Actor and screenwriter, companion of the Order of Canada based in Montreal)
Hello, I am writing to let you know that I really enjoyed having had the opportunity to see ALL the films presented during your ‘8th South Asian Film Festival’, which ended on November 4, 2018.The main reason for my appreciation is the overall quality of the films presented. Your selection contained many films whose subjects were most relevant to the current state of our society. Films extremely well scripted, photographed, edited and interpreted (both documentaries and fictions). The sound often contained exceptional musical threads.Without this festival it would have been impossible for me to see any of these films. We can really appreciate cinematographic art when we think of works such as PERWEEN RAHMAN or AFGHAN CYCLES or JUST A BAG OF TEA or SALAM or ASK THE SEXPERT etc.Difficulty of living, joie de vivre, taboos of contemporary society, inspiring values, artistic emotions: all themes tackled by one or the other of the selected films.Given the above, I can only hope that you will finally be granted the necessary financial support to increase the profile of your festival, starting in 2019. Especially since it is UNIQUE in our Quebec festival and cultural landscape from the point of view of the films selected.
Sincerely, Rock Demers
PS: I would also like to thank you for the thoughtfulness in subtitling in French, several of the programmed films.