After Peace Arch News released this story, another supporter, Wawmeesh Hamilton of Alberni Valley News got in touch to pick up the story and talk about future projects, one of which I hope to do in my hometown of Port Alberni.
Jas Kang, a student of Radio Broadcasting at Humber College, got in touch in hopes of utilizing soundbites of my film along with a telephone interview with me for his upcoming radio documentary on South Asian Gang Violence, specifically on Bal Buttar. As it is my duty in supporting youth, I was honoured at the invitation, and gladly accepted.
Though the telephone interview had sound issues and could not be utilized for the project, the soundbites were readily used. However, the documentary was not selected to air.
A couple of months ago, I was approached by a young student named Akash Gill. She told me she was putting together a documentary on the youth violence issue for her class project. I learned very quickly of Akash’s drive and passion to bring awareness to this issue, therefore agreed to be interviewed for her documentary.
My interview from “The Youth Gang Violence Project”; video
Thank you Akash for the interview, for helping to bring awareness to this issue, and allowing me to share your work on my website.
Akash advised me that she is always looking at doing volunteer work in the community, if you wish to collaborate with her, you can contact her here.
Society is becoming more and more insecure. Insecurity is leading to more and more radical and life altering choices.
These are human-made conditions that stem from consumerism, materialism, and globalization. Globalization and its precursors are very complex issues, but it is safe to say that the human-condition is becoming adversely affected.
For example if we look closely at mass media, the ‘female’ advertising trend, for the most part, is to showcase having slim-toned bodies, sharp features, and light skin. This is apparent in nearly every ‘beauty’ magazine. Women are depicted to be ‘desirable’ when they have this look. The ‘male’ advertising trend, is to have a somewhat muscular body, the ‘six pack abs’, sharp female-esque features with a pronounced jaw line. What I stated above have always been measures of beauty, but the even more-so disturbing trend is that nearly 75% of magazine covers that are distributed worldwide have a European descendent gracing the cover.
This does wonders for our already insecure youth who ‘just want to fit in’ in today’s day and age.
I am a big believer that we control our destinies, that we have the power to make the right choices. But the truth is, when our society is being brainwashed by mass media, the chips are stacked against you.
Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth is a documentary about the growing trend in minorities in the U.K. wanting to be more white.
Not much for me to say on this post, I always knew he was still involved. Hence the premise of my documentary was that there is really no way out of this lifestyle.
Guilty plea in Surrey murder plot
By Dan Ferguson – Surrey North Delta Leader
Published: April 16, 2010 1:00 PM
Updated: April 16, 2010 2:10 PM
Former gangster Bal Buttar is standing trial in connection with a Surrey murder plot.
- Courtesy Mani Amar
Meena Jouhal of Surrey has been sentenced to seven years in prison for plotting the murder of her husband with the alleged assistance of a blind and paralyzed former gangster from Vancouver.
The 33-year-old Jouhal was charged with counselling another person to commit an indictable offence in 2007 along with the wheelchair-bound Baljit “Bal” Buttar who lives in a long-term care facility.
She pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced in March of this year.
Because Buttar is still awaiting trial by jury, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has imposed a ban on publication that forbids reporting any details of the Jouhal sentencing hearing except for her guilty plea and jail term.
The ban is to remain in effect until the jury in the Buttar trial has retired to consider its verdict “…or until the case against Baljit Buttar has otherwise been concluded…” the order states.
Buttar’s trial on charges of counselling another to commit an indictable offence and conspiracy to commit murder is expected to begin later this year before a B.C. Supreme court judge and jury in New Westminster.
According to sworn documents filed by investigators in Surrey Provincial Court after Jouhal and Buttar were arrested, the pair began planning the murder of Navtej Jouhal in July of 2006.
They allegedly tried to get another person, identified in the court document only as “E. Kramer” to commit the murder.
A couple of months ago, early in the summer, I was approached by Mercer Creative to come in to check out their ‘project’. Mercer had been commissioned to produce a second music video for Daniel Wesley’s new hit single – Pilgrimage. The intent for this version was to showcase the sad outcomes of the gang lifestyle and bring further awareness to the BC gang issue. Its medium would be an online viral marketing campaign. Mercer had heard of my work with this issue and asked for my insights on their project and if I could ‘donate’ anything to it. I was humbled by their request.
After watching the music video a few times, both my manager, Sandi N., and I felt as though the gang lifestyle was glamourized and that the harsh realities were given a back seat in the music video. I offered to donate any and all footage from my film. After a few revisions we felt as though the message was clear and that it could be showcased.
Mercer Creative is not only known for their great design and marketing, but for all the pro-bono work they do for issues that effect our world. Such as tv-spots on human trafficking which you can watch here.
I want to give shout outs to the good folks at Mercer. Thanks to president/creative director Terry Mercer and associate creative director Deborah Kieselbach for taking on this project. And a special shout out to editing genius Dermot Shane, whose wisdom & character continues to amaze me. Dermot is by far the most knowledgeable person I have met in the film industry. I always jokingly mention to him that I will need his pro-bono services, the kind person he is says, ‘anytime.’
The spoken word rap in my film was done by Rupinder Sidhu a.k.a. Sunskript. His messages in his chosen medium are crossing barriers. Props to you my brother.