This article came as a surprise. The author saw Call me Salma at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival last August and decided to write a piece on it in the VERS Magazine. Thanks Gunter Seifert!
Our documentary Call me Salma will be playing at the Vancouver Queer film Festival, August 13th @5pm. Go check it out if you haven’t already! Spread the word, spread the love!
If you have a few minutes to spare check out the interview i did on CBC radio’s Masala Canada
Please take a second and vote for his pictures!!! Click here to vote
Prenez quelques secondes et allez voter pour ses photos!!! Cliquez ici pour voter
Psst! Jettez un coup d’oeil au site Kalibrequebec.com, il y a un bon article en ligne!!
Psst! If you have time, go and visit the website Kalibrequebec.com, there’s a good article online!!
‘Appelez-moi Salma’ will be playing alongside another documentary at the ‘Cinéma du quartier latin’ on:
27th of august 17h30 theatre L14.
29th of august 19h20 theatre L14.
30th of august 14h50 theatre L14.
Note that the film is only subtitled in French.
See you there!!!
Notre documentaire ‘Appelez-moi Salma’ jouera avec un autre documentaire au Cinéma du quartier latin’ :
Le 27 août 17h30 théatre L14.
Le 29 août 19h20 théatre L14.
Le 30 août 14h50 théatre L14.
Pour plus de détails cliquez ici
On se voit là!!
Our documentary ‘Appelez-moi Salma’ will have it’s north American premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival this summer.
Date, place and time to come soon!!!
Notre documentaire ‘Appelez-moi Salma’ jouera en primeur nord-américaine au Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal cet été.
Date, lieu et heure à venir bientôt!!!
Finally, here it is, please click here to download it. Sorry it’s only in English.
Better late then never right?
Finalement, le voici, svp cliquez ici pour le télécharger. Désolé il est seulement en anglais.
Mieux vaut tard que jamais n’est-ce pas?
Après avoir lu cet article à propos de notre doc, on a l’impression d’avoir réalisé un film d’aventure.
After having read this article about our doc, we get the impression that we directed an adventure flick.
Qui aurait cru il y a un an que Salma serait à la télé en France.
Who would of thought a year ago that Salma would be on Tv in France.
Hey everybody. If you’re in Montreal and have nothing to do on sunday afternoons come check out our documentary. Entry is free so tell your friends! See you there
it’s obviously been a while since our last post, primarily because we’ve been extremely busy finishing the documentary.
Now that it’s complete, have a look at some of the ‘behind the scene pictures’
much more pictures/info/videos to come
If you are in need of more frequent Evergreen updates we suggest that you join our Evergreen project Facebook group.
Si vous voulez encore plus d’info sur notre project; joignez vous à notre groupe Facebook.
As it was described in our last blog, the more we immerse ourselves into our project, the more we realize we don’t know. The more we get to know our subjects, the more we realize they live a complex, multi-layered life. This consequently only continues us to ask more questions, rather then giving us the answers we want to get.
And as much as this might seem frustrating I’m extremely happy that this is happening, because this seriously forces us to think of what we want to show and for what reasons. Many people always ask us, ‘so why Hijras? What brought you here to do this?’ This answer is pretty simple since after having visited Bangladesh, we heard a bit about them. While doing research back home little information was found, but what we did find was extremely fascinating and vague. All the elements of mystery that shrouded the Bangladeshi Hijras made us believe that they would be perfect subjects for our documentary. We were excited to be get information that no one had previously gotten and even more excited to show it the way we wanted.
Amongst all of this we’ve come to realize that we are faced with a huge dilemma. We want to create a documentary that is told like a fictional story, i.e. no interviews, no one looking at the camera describing facts.. etc.. The last thing we wanted were specialists describing and categorizing facts. So this said, in order to create a compelling story with a narrative arc; we’ll therefore need, to a certain extent, to romanticize the story, i.e. create mystery and above all entertainment.
But this is where our problem lies; we continue to preach that we want to show that the Hijras are individuals just like us, who are in search of love, friendship and above all happiness. Filming them through our narrative story-telling lens might only personify them into exactly what we don’t want them to be shown as: mysterious secretive and different.
Although I often lose sleep thinking about what I have just expressed, I’m still confident that we can cross this fine line between demystification and romantization and give the audience something representational as well as entertaining.
Only time will tell, inchallah!