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Ali Kazimi (born 1961) is an Indo-Canadian filmmaker, media artist and writer.[1]

Early life and education

Born and raised in India, Kazimi attended St. Columba's School and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University in 1982. He was awarded a scholarship to study film production at York University in Toronto Canada, in 1983 and graduated with BFA (honours) from the Department of Film in 1987. He joined the Department of Film, as a full-time faculty member in 2006 and served as the Chair of, what is now known as, the Department of Cinema and Media Arts from 2015-16.[citation needed]


Kazimi has created a critically acclaimed body of work dealing with issues of race, immigration, history and social justice. His films have won more than thirty awards and nominations including the Gemini Award, Golden Conch (MIFF 2006), Gold Plaque (Chicago International Film Festival, 1995), Golden Gate Award, (San Francisco International Film Festival, 1995) and Best Director Award (Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 1995).[citation needed]


Kazimi was named the Best Documentarian in Toronto by NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto 2005.[2]

In 2019, Kazimi was one of 8 recipients of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts - "Kazimi’s lovingly rendered and profoundly insightful works demonstrate a deep-rooted empathy for his subjects, a singular cinematic eye, and an unflinching commitment to shedding light on difficult truths."[3] [4] The same year he also received an honorary degree, D. Litt. honoris causa from the University of British Columbia.[5]



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  1. ^ "CBC Film Screenings for Asian Heritage Month". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Best of Toronto - Film". 27 October 2005.
  3. ^ "Ali Kazimi".
  4. ^ "Ali Kazimi Wins Governor General's Award – Point of View Magazine".
  5. ^ "2019 Honorary Degree Recipients | Graduation at UBC".

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