Moe Sihota documentary filmed by Surrey director

Paul Dhillon's 'Feared and Desired' screened Saturday during Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival

Politician Moe Sihota in a scene from Paul Dhillon's documentary film.

Trailblazing politician Moe Sihota is the subject of a new documentary film made by Surrey’s R. Paul Dhillon.

“Moe Sihota: Feared and Desired” will be shown during the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, on Sunday morning (Nov. 27) at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus starting at 11:30 a.m.

Festival details can be found online at Visaff.ca.

A former social worker in White Rock in the late-1970s, the Duncan-born Sihota went on to become B.C.’s first MLA and cabinet minister of South Asian/Sikh heritage.

“While his achievements are part of the community’s rich collective legacy in Canada,” writer-director Dhillon stated, “Moe wasn’t without his flaws, and towards the end of his and his (NDP) party’s reign, he had a habit of getting into trouble, and his outspoken, blunt approach to the issues didn’t help.”

Dhillon’s movie is described as “an intimate look at one of the most colourful, intelligent and progressive politicians the province of British Columbia has ever seen.”

• Meanwhile, the star of another of Dhillon’s films, Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover, will be at a Surrey restaurant on Thursday (Nov. 24) for a lunchtime press conference touting his new movie, “Badman.”

The film will also be shown during Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, on Friday, Nov. 25 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Last summer, Grover filmed the Vancouver-set romantic comedy “The Fusion Generation,” written, produced and directed by Dhillon, boss of MMM Films/MMM Film Finance International.

“The Fusion Generation,” currently in post-production, will be released in 2017.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

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