GONE ARE THE DAYS
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Gone Are The Days Is A Powerful Indictment Of Institutional Racism In Canada
Gone Are The Days is a powerful indictment of institutional racism in Canada. The film tells the epic story of the struggle of South Asian-Canadian Veterinarians led by their leader Hakam Bhullar, who along with his colleagues fought against institutional racism and abuse for more than decade against the very body that regulates their profession.
The Canadian elites talk a big game about fighting racism but what Dr. Hakam Bhullar and his colleagues did in fighting this absolutely abhorrent form of extreme racism and abuse was remarkable and a testament to the human spirit and the spirit of the IMMIGRANT.
The film written, directed and produced R. Paul Dhillon has won awards at a number of film festivals including the Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF 2020). “We are so proud to tell this story that the Canadian establishment doesn't want the world to see. Mighty is the Pen and the Camera,” said Dhillon.
The film is a living document of Bhullar and his team’s long and harrowing battle against their professional association- the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia. They fought the most overt kind of racism and prejudice against a group of immigrant professionals in Canada, stemming from their low cost clinics which serve all stratosphere of society.
It is a powerful story of heartbreak, perseverance and ultimately human triumph. As the new post COVID-19 world of Black Lives Matter emerges where justice and equality is paramount, we hope that GONE ARE THE DAYS will reach a wide audience after the film’s festival exposure.s
“We made an award-winning documentary recounting the more than decade long struggle against the absolute worst kind of systemic racism in BC-Canada. But no major Canadian film festival including Vancouver and Toronto would program it even though it won awards in India and US.
Racism exists at all levels, including festivals that largely showcase the same White filmmakers year after year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government needs to do better in all spheres of Canadian society including cultural scene and force these Govt funded festivals to showcase all Canadian stories and not just White ones,” said Dhillon.
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