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Because We Are Girls

Baljit Sangra
2019 | 85 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Opening Gala - Official SelectionDoxa Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionSEOUL International Women's Film Festival (SIWFF), Seoul, South Korea (2019)

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2019)

  • Audience Choice Award Winner Reelworld Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario (2019)

  • Best Cinematography for Canadian Feature/Short AwardVancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (2019)

  • Best Director for Canadian Feature/Short AwardVancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (2019)

  • Best Canadian Feature/Short AwardVancouver Asian Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (2019)


Short Synopsis

Trailer

CLIP 1: Jeeti

Clip 2 : Bollywood and culture

Clip 3: Jesse

Images

Sisters Salakshana, Jeeti and Kira with their mother growing up in Williams Lake, a small resource based town in British Columbia, where their parents immigrated from India.
Baljit Sangra's Because We Are Girls follows a conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia that must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years.
Because We Are Girls follows Jeeti Pooni, and her sisters Salakshana and Kira, as they decide to come forward to not only protect their younger relatives but to set an example for their daughters and nieces.
Salakshana, the eldest Pooni sister, discusses how it felt to be raised in a family and culture that did not value daughters.
Kira, the younger Pooni sister, along with Salakshana and Jeeti – decide to come forward to not only protect their young relatives but to set an example for their daughters and nieces.
Because We Are Girls follows Salakshana, Kira and Jeeti Pooni as they come to terms with a devasting secret twenty-five years in the making: they were sexually abused by the same older relative throughout their childhood years.

Promotional Materials

Team


Baljit Sangra
Filmmaker
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Baljit Sangra

Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who uses documentary and factual entertainment to explore social and cross-cultural issues. A three-time Leo Award nominee, Sangra’s films have routinely premiered at festivals around the world. Her most recent project is the NFB-produced feature documentary Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a family. Her previous documentaries include Hockey United, which follows two amateur South Asian hockey players with their eyes on the NHL; the award-winning Many Rivers Home, a personal story about seniors living in assisted care at the end of life; and Warrior Boyz, examining the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of BC’s Lower Mainland. Sangra has previously sat on the board of the Documentary Organization of Canada and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.


Selwyn Jacob
Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob joined the National Film Board’s BC & Yukon Studio in 1997 and has gone on to produce nearly 50 NFB films. His many credits include Crazywater, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive app Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. Jacob’s most recent feature documentary credits include Mina Shum’s Ninth Floor, about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 that was selected to TIFF’s 2015 annual top ten list of best Canadian films, and Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a conservative Indo-Canadian family living in small-town British Columbia.


Shirley Vercruysse
Executive Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length documentaries The Whale and the Raven and Because We Are Girls; the musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated shorts Shop Class and The Zoo; the short documentaries Way of the Hunter and Now Is the Time; and the Webby Award-winning documentary series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.

 

Credits

Written and directed by
BALJIT SANGRA

Producer
SELWYN JACOB

Associate Producer
TERI SNELGROVE

Director of Photography
GRANT BALDWIN

Editor
CARMEN POLLARD
JESSICA DYMOND

Composer
GENEVIEVE VINCENT

Sound Designer
EVA MADDEN

Line Producer
JENNIFER ROWORTH

Additional Cinematography
VINCE ARVIDSON
THOMAS BILLINGSLEY

Sound Recordist
JEFF HENSCHEL
DAVID PULLMER
LISA KOLISNYK

Production Manager
CAROLINE COUTTS

First Assistant Camera
ROBERT MOBERG
EVA BROWNSTEIN

Data Wrangler
MAXIME NOEL
GEORGE FAULKNER

Gaffer
CHASE FLETCHER
CHESTER DIXON

Technical Coordinator
WES MACHNIKOWSKI

Story Consultant
CARMEN POLLARD

Researcher
JEETI POONI
CAROLINE COUTTS

Production Coordinator
KRISTYN STILLING

Production Assistant
JESSICA YOUNG
ALAN REID

Assistant Editor
RHEA MACDONALD
ASHLEY LYNCH

Visual FX
BUN LEE

Graphics
JENNY BREUKELMAN

Translator
AMIT DHAUMYA
MADHVI DHAUMYA

Re-recording Mixer
SHELLEY CRAIG

Digital Colourist
LORNE WRIGHT

Finishing Services
FINALÉ

Thank you for your courage
Jeeti Pooni
Kira Pooni
Salakshana Pooni
Narinder Pooni (Mom)
Gurdev Pooni (Dad)
Jesse Pooni
Chandani Pooni
Surjit Sumra
Maheema Sumra
Shia Sumra
Raj Rana

Music

chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko
Performed by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi
Music by R.D. Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri
Used by permission of Saregama Music USA and India ltd.

ab insaf hoga
Directed by Harish Shah, Courtesy of Parth Productions

punjabi mutiyaran
Performed by Jasmine Sandlas
Music by Jaidev Kumar, Lyrics by Lalie Gill
Used by permission of Yellow Music pvt. ltd.

push it
By Ray Davies and Herby Azor
Sons of K-OSS Music, inc and WB Music Corp.
All rights on behalf of itself and sons of K-OSS Music, inc
Administered by WB Music Corp.

williams lake
Performed by Raaginder – violin, Ashley Jarmack – woodwinds
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

married for love
Performed by Genevieve Vincent
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

happy memories
Performed by Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

breaking the cycle
Performed by Ashley Jarmack – woodwinds,
Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

you just know
Performed by Raaginder – violin
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

silk and perfume
Performed by Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

footsteps in the snow
Performed by Ashley Jarmack – woodwinds,
Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

girl in the mirror
Performed by Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

wild horse
Performed by Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

crossing the bridge
Performed by Michael Wheeler – Dilruba
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

i love to dance
Performed by Ashley Jarmack – woodwinds,
Raaginder – violin, Ro Rowan – cello
Written and Composed by Genevieve Vincent

Archival

Excerpts from
ab insaf hoga” (1995)
Directed by Harish Shaw
Courtesy of Parth Productions

neel kamal” (1968)
Directed by Ram Maheshwari
Courtesy of Shemaroo Entertainment ltd.

prem rog” (1982)
Directed by Raj Kapoor
Courtesy of RK Studios

dharmatma” (1975)
Directed by Feroz Khan
Courtesy of FK (Feroz Khan) Films

heer ranjha” (1970)
Directed by Masood Pervaiz
Courtesy of Ejaz Durrani/Punjab Pictures

CBC Archive Sales

National Film Board of Canada

Marketing Manager
Kay Rondonneau

Publicist
KATJA DE BOCK

Studio Administrator
CARLA JONES

Executive Producer
SHIRLEY VERCRUYSSE

Executive Director, English Program
MICHELLE VAN BEUSEKOM

©2019 National Film Board of Canada



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