Bacon Brothers murder conspiracy, story continues…

August 16th, 2011 mani

One of the three notorious Bacon Brothers was shot and killed on Sunday, August 14th, at around 2:45pm.

Jonathan Bacon (left) accompanied by fellow gang member, Matt Johnston.  Photograph courtesy of Rick Collins/Special to The Vancouver Sun (2008)

photograph courtesy of Jennifer Zielinski (2011)

Jonathan Bacon, the eldest of the 3 brothers, was targeted by a masked gunman outside of the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna, BC.  Five others were wounded in the attack, included full-path Hell’s Angel member, Larry Amero.

The Bacon Brothers partnered with the Red Scorpions gang in 2006 to strengthen their power and compete with the illegal activities of the Hells Angels & UN Gang.

Sidenote: Anyone ever wonder why ‘Hells Angels’ isn’t ‘Hell’s Angels’?  Well after a couple of minutes of googling, I tracked the answer down on the Hells Angels’ official website in the FAQ section;

Isn’t the apostrophe missing in Hells Angels? 
Should the Hells in Hells Angels have an apostrophe, and be Hell’s Angels? That would be true if there was only one Hell, but life & history has taught us that there are many versions and forms of Hell.

Every time I have an opportunity to educate people on gangs, I always state that the issue is not slowing down.  Gang-related murders might be on the decrease, but the amount of retaliations, drive-by shootings, and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, are all on the increase.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Jonathan+Bacon+killed+Kelowna+casino+mass+shooting+reports/5254139/story.html

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Bacon+brothers+murder+conspiracy+widens/5292035/story.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_Brothers_(gangsters)  *they get their own wiki page before I get one?  wtf…

http://portmoodypolice.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=184:newsrelease-warning1&catid=10:news-releases&Itemid=47 *Bacon Brothers’ descriptions & particulars

 

Another South Asian women killed by estranged husband…

July 31st, 2011 mani

R.I.P. Ravinder Kaur Bhangu.

Ravinder Kaur Bhangu.  photography courtesy of Sukhminder Singh Cheema, for the Province

Yet another sad case of violence in the South Asian community…a young women (age 24) was attacked and murdered by her husband (whom she left a few months earlier due to domestic issues) at her work on July 28th, 2011.

The husband, Sunny Bhangu, 26, attacked his wife with an axe and a meat cleaver.  Sources say the attack was premeditated.

A co-worker selflessly tried to intervene, sadly, to no avail.  The co-worker was injured during his heroic act.

After Sunny Bhangu murdered his wife, he made no attempt to leave.

I am fucking tired of all the violence in our community, yet only a few people are taking a stand in making a difference.  The politicians will only put together forums and allocate funding towards awareness on issues such as this in election years, the rest of the time they collect their hefty pay cheques and sit on their asses or assess better photo opportunities.

Young women will keep dying if there is not a phenomenal shift in the thinking that has been engrained in our culture.

We need more support services for young women trying to leave homes with domestic violence or other issues.

Referring article/link can be found here.

photography courtesy of Les Bazso, The Province (2011)

Bal Buttar agrees to plead guilty

June 17th, 2011 mani

Bal Buttar, who was a central character in my film, has agreed to plead guilty to the conspiracy to commit murder charge.

This situation has been going on since September of 2007, which really doesn’t say a lot about our legal system.  Bal Buttar, who was recorded, was obviously in cahoots with Meena Jouhal, but still took nearly 4 years to charge this perennial douchebag.

Well, whatever the case may be, he will be sentenced on June 27th, 2011.  One thing is for sure, he won’t be doing any hard time, the amount of money it would cost the taxpayer to house this criminal in a facility that can meet his medical and special needs will be horrendous.  The real punishment in my opinion is to take away the luxuries he takes for granted; his television, his visiting rights, his special foods, & his FUCKING PHONE.

Who else but Kim Bolan has covered this story;

Photograph by: Bill Keay, Vancouver Sun
Bal Buttar is now a quadriplegic after he had been shot twice in the head.
Photograph by: Bill Keay, Vancouver Sun

Blind quadriplegic gangster pleads guilty to murder conspiracy
By KIM BOLAN, VANCOUVER SUN June 16, 2011

VANCOUVER — A blind quadriplegic gangster who once confessed in The Vancouver Sun to a series of murders has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to kill a friend’s husband.

Bal Buttar, who is confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the head a decade ago, will make his change of plea appearance and be sentenced at the Kelowna Law Courts June 27, a B.C. Supreme Court judge heard Thursday.

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Back to the drawing board

June 12th, 2011 mani

Hey all,

As Footsteps Into Gangland goes through the film festival circuit, and hopefully distribution, I find myself with idle hands.

Things are pretty calm for me this summer, for the first time in years.  With that being said, I hate not having extra work to do, so I have decided to bump up production on my 3rd feature length film.  I have entered the writing stage of my new film which will be a narrative on Vancouver’s downtown east side.  The story will be about a young women forced into prostitution to support her drug addiction.

As with all my films, it will be hard-hitting, drastically realistic, and most likely controversial.  Though controversy is never a goal, it seems to follow me around :)

With 2 features under my belt, I may have enough experience and notoriety to receive funding from Telefilm…a long shot but one I must take.  Self financing gives me the freedom of artistic control but makes me a slave to capitalism.  I am yet to find that balance of doing what I want in filmmaking with other producers’ money.

As always, will keep everyone posted.

Best regards,

mani

AWR used in a centennial conference!

May 7th, 2011 mani

On May 6th, 2011, an excerpt of A Warrior’s Religion was used to enhance a presentation during the Transnational Punjabis in the 21st Century: Beginnings, Junctures and Departures Centennial Conference which ran from May 5th – 7th.

The conference was presented by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies within the University of Fraser Valley.

The presentation’s abstract is as follows;

A Warrior’s Religion Dissected-Past and Present

The term “warrior’s religion” and “warrior race” has become synonymous when discussing Sikhism and Sikh history. I will dissect this issue by looking at the historical context in which such warrior ascetic groups emerged, and under what conditions. More specifically, I will look at the emergence of warrior ascetic groups around the Punjab region as a unique situation in itself due to the areas geographic location. When assessing this term ‘warrior’s religion,’ one also must consider whether such a term is a western concept and thus forced upon us-or is it a term and image which Sikhs embrace? I then connect this theme of the Sikh religion as a ‘warrior’s religion’ in relation to a documentary created by local artist, Mani Amar, titled “A Warrior’s Religion.” Mani was heavily criticized for titling his documentary as such because his film looked at the nature of gang wars within the South Asian community. I then analyze our modern-day equating between Sikhs as a warrior race, and such Sikh youth embracing this image in order to commit crimes of power.

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I am glad my research and films are being used to bring awareness on a multitude of issues.  This is why I do what I do.

Shout out to Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra for utilizing the film and for her ongoing support of my films.

The entire conference agenda can be found here.

As always, thanks everyone.

mani

Presenter for ‘At Home, On the Streets’

April 22nd, 2011 mani

Hello everyone,

A few months ago, I was approached by our old friend Nimi Chauhan of Sahara Services Society to be one of the three presenters for the ‘At Home, On the Streets’ presentation (a hard-hitting presentation showing the realities of drugs, gangs & materialism).

The presentation took place on April 20th, 2011 at David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver to 400 students, teachers, community members, and parents.

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Thank you! Screenings were a success!

March 24th, 2011 mani

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support of my work.

The screenings of Footsteps Into Gangland on March 21st/22nd/23rd were received very well.  But as always, my work, however sincere my intentions might be, some people will misconstrue the message of the film.

This has prompted me to eventually put up a F.A.Q. on the film’s website.

As with all my work, the goal of the film is simply to bring awareness to issues that a lot of youth face.

Once again, thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.

gratefully,

mani

Footsteps Into Gangland – Premiere Screenings!

February 17th, 2011 mani

Hello everyone!

Thank you for your ongoing support over the years.

‘A Warrior’s Religion’ could not have been as successful as it has been without you.

My new film, ‘Footsteps Into Gangland‘, a fictional follow up to my documentary will be released this spring to the public.

There will only be a handful of screenings before I enter the film festival circuit, so if you are in the Metro Vancouver area, please come and support the cause.

Footsteps Into Gangland – Premiere Screenings

March 21st/22nd/23rd – 7pm & 9pm showtimes

Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88th Avenue
Surrey, BC

Tickets $11 (all inclusive)

buy tickets online now @ tickets.surrey.ca
or call the box office @ 604.501.5566
or call Films Of Fire Productions @ 604.288.2528

http://www.footstepsintogangland.com/showtimes

Thank you everyone!  Hope to see you there!

best regards,

mani

AWR still sparking dialogue

January 13th, 2011 mani

Hey all,

One of the greatest compliments any artist, especially a filmmaker, can get is that their work is still sparking dialogue between people.  It shows that the artwork has the ability to evoke thought, ‘films evoking thought’, the motto my film production company goes by.

I was contacted by Olena Morozova of The Source/La Source Newspaper.  A community driven newspaper serving Vancouver for over 10 years, their motto; ‘forum of diversity’.

Olena wanted to do an article about AWR with a focus on the precursors and attributes that can cause gang-related issues.  Most reporters want to focus on the controversy or the ‘South Asian’ angle.  Sufficed to say, Olena pleasantly surprised me.

Shout out to Olena for writing a great article, you are a talented writer and you will surely write great articles for years to come.

The article is available in PDF format from http://www.thelasource.com.  You can alternatively download it by clicking here.

thanks,

mani

What do you get when you combine Consumerism, Materialism, & Globalization (amongst others)? Deracialization…sigh.

December 20th, 2010 mani

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.

Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth

When you take apart the ‘gang’ issue, you will understand how this issue is connected.

This is the first episode, I will try to post them as they come.

Shout out to Channel 4 Productions for putting this together.

You can find out more about the series here;

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bleach-nip-tuck-the-white-beauty-myth/episode-guide/series-1

Everyone is beautiful.

mani

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