Arts and Entertainment

Release of short video (90 seconds) of upcoming new documentary film Emergence: Out of the Shadows!

Sher Vancouver releases short video (90 seconds) of upcoming
documentary film – Emergence: Out of the Shadows

Surrey, British Columbia – Sher Vancouver’s first film, My Name Was January, won 14 international awards and garnered an amazing 52 official selections at film festivals around the world. In addition, My Name Was January was eligible to enter the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Documentary in 2019.

Following on this success, Sher Vancouver Founder Alex Sangha is producing a second short documentary film, Emergence: Out of the Shadows.


Emergence: Out of the Shadows (Documentary)

Explore the taboo topic of being gay or lesbian in the Punjabi community of Metro Vancouver and abroad. Kayden tells a poignant story of family rejection and self-discovery while embracing his newfound family and life. Parents and their children discuss the struggles they have endured and overcome to preserve the family through generations to come. Success often means setting aside long-established culture and tradition for compassion, love, and acceptance.

“It is very rich to hear from the parents whose acceptance gay and lesbian children seek. For the parents, it is so difficult when teachings or loyalties are split between children and what they may have “known” deeply to be right or moral all their lives,” states Alex Sangha.

“Many South Asian parents with gay and lesbian children also do not know any other parents with gay and lesbian children. They are isolated with limited understanding. Emergence will help fill this gap and empower and save lives and create a sense of community and critical awareness,” states director Vinay Giridhar.

Here is an exclusive first-hand interview with the producer and director:

About the Producer

Alex has a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, and a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Alex is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor.

Alex has worked as a Team Leader, Clinician, Social Worker, Instructor, and Youth Counsellor. He currently runs his own private counselling practice in North Delta. Alex’s family is originally from Punjab, India and is of Sikh background. Alex is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada.

About the Director

Vinay completed the Digital Graphic Design Program at Vancouver Community College and a Diploma in Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School. Vinay completed the animated short film “Love’s Age.” Vinay is the current Art Director and Graphic Designer for a South Asian Lifestyle Magazine.

Vinay has edited numerous short videos and has done significant film and video, as well as art and design work for Sher Vancouver and the My Name Was January documentary film project. Vinay is originally from Kerala, India and currently lives in Surrey, B.C.


Sher Vancouver has signed an agreement with OUTtv to broadcast the film, as well as make it available on their online OUTtvGo channel, after the film festival circuit.

Emergence: Out of the Shadows will also be distributed to the educational market in Canada and the USA through Moving Images Distribution which is a non-profit social justice distributor based in Vancouver. A discussion guide for teacher’s will be created to go along with the film.


We gratefully acknowledge funding assistance from:

  • OUTtv
  • Vancity
  • MoveUP
  • Unifor Local 3000 Canada

Sher Vancouver is in need of funds to complete this important project!

If you would like to donate or become an official sponsor of this documentary film please contact for an official sponsorship kit.

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