'Lions of the Sea' film wins prestigious awards

Canadian film "Lions of the Sea'' has won Best Feature Script at the Calcutta International Film Festival. It is currently in consideration at a dozen other festivals including Cannes.

“Lions of the Sea” has taken over 20 awards such as Best Feature Script at the TMC London Film Festival, Feel the Reel, the Tribal Film Festival, Views of the World Film Festival, and the Calcutta Film Festival. ‘Lions of the Sea’ has also been a finalist at the Toronto Nollywood Film Festival, the LA Film Festival, the California Film Festival and the Frame by Sound Film Festival.

Jessi Thind, who wrote the 1998 book that the film was based on, was amazed at receiving this honour.

"I’ve been working on this project for twenty years and it’s great that world-wide audiences are suddenly recognizing the importance of the Komagata Maru event and the multiple perspectives,” Thind says.

Set in 1914, “Lions of the Sea” tells the story of Edward Bird, the lawyer who represented the passengers of the Komagata Maru as well as Munshi Singh, the passenger used as a test case for the passengers.

“Instead of being just another mediocre presentation of something that happened, Thind added emotions and opinions that go far beyond just the story of the Komagata Maru. Thind added a message which doesn’t feel like it was put there by force, nor does it feel like a cliché. It’s simply a message worth spreading amongst people,” says Antonio Rozich, Cult Critic magazine writer and film critic.

Thind is working on a pilot television series also based on his novel.

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