Biography: Ali Kazimi
Ali Kazimi was born and raised in India. He began his career in the sciences, receiving his B.Sc. from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. In 1983 he won a scholarship to attend the film production program at York University, receiving his B.F.A (Honours) in 1987. Since then, Ali Kazimi has worked as producer, director and writer on several productions. He is also known for his work as cinematographer on several independent Canadian productions.
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1994, his first feature documentary NARMADA: A VALLEY RISES won several major national and international awards including Best Direction, Best Political Documentary and Special Mention for Best Film at HOT DOCS - Canadian National Documentary Awards '95; Golden Gate Award - San Francisco International Film Festival '95; Gold Plaque - Chicago International Film Festival '95; Silver Conch Award and the International Critics' Award, Bombay International Film Festival, India '96; Environmental Justice Award,Best of Festival Award, Third International Environmental Film Festival, South Africa 1997.
In 1995 NARMADA: A VALLEY RISES was also nominated for a Genie Award. Broadcast on Vision TV, CBC Newsworld and Channel Four in the U.K., the film continues to be invited to festivals around the world.
SHOOTING INDIANS premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival '97 and it also screened at the Vancouver and Sudbury festivals. SHOOTING INDIANS has been nominated for a 1997 Genie Award and for Best Arts Documentary at the 1998 HOT DOCS awards. It recently won a Certificate of Merit at the Golden Gate Awards in San Francisco.
In November 1997 he completed SOME KIND OF ARRANGEMENT, a documentary that moves beyond stereotypes about arranged marriages amongst second eneration South Asians in Canada. An NFB co-production the film was broadcast on WITNESS by the CBC. In mid March 1998, History Television will broadcast he latest film PASSAGE FROM INDIA - an examination of 100 years of Indian immigration to Canada from the perspective of a fourth generation Sikh family.
In addition to his creative roles, Kazimi has worked as a film/video instructor. He was the President of the Independent Film and Video Alliance 1992-93. and the Co-Chair of the Canadian Independent Film Caucus - Toronto 1996-97.
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