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Longing and Belonging: 1990s South Asian Film and Video

The 1990s were a time of significant cultural production within Canada’s South Asian arts communities. Influenced by the 1980s Black Arts Movement in Britain, and in opposition to state-sponsored multiculturalism paradigms in Canada, South Asian became a generous identifier for a variety of communities united by more than geography. Longing and Belonging is loosely structured around themes of diaspora, desire, and identity.

In addition to a series of screenings at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in May 2019, Rungh has also created a ‘special issue’ of Rungh magazine. In this ‘special issue’ (Volume 6, Number 4), Rungh continues on with its tradition of focussing on Film and Video as it did with Volume 1, Number 3 (1992) and Volume 3, Number 2 (1995). For Volume 6, Number 4, Rungh has commissioned original new reflections by Sunil Gupta and Shani Mootoo.