Runaway Grooms (2005)

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    52 minutes 2005, Canada

    Runaway Grooms explores the phenomenon of Indian women abandoned by Non-Resident Indian men they’ve recently married in India. Our documentary’s latter-day Prince Charmings are citizens or permanent residents of Western countries such as Canada, the United States or England, who use their highly prized Western status to demand dowries from the women’s families, marry the women, keep the dowry, and make further extortionate demands to guarantee their brides’ passage to the West. Usually, however, once they get their dowry they simply abandon their wives. The wives either never see them again or receive divorce papers as their only response.

    Review Excerpt

    “Best Documentarian – “In a city crowded with great documentary filmmakers — Allan King , John Walker , Richard Fung , Laura Sky , Peter Lynch — Ali Kazimi stands out. Trained as a cinematographer, he pays close attention to the visual plan of all his films. But it’s the larger project that’s impressive. Whether it’s the story of an Iroquois photographer, Canadian government racism or villagers resisting an Indian mega-dam, there’s a common thread. Kazimi’s films are both the ongoing diary of an immigrant and a wide-ranging critique of hidden power.”
    -Best of Toronto 2005, Now Magazine


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    Co-Producer: Manish Choudhary
    Associate Producer:  Deborah Devgan
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    Cinematographer: Zoe Dirse
 Ricardo Acosta
 S. Subramanium, Peter Sawade
    Music Director & Sound Designer:  Phil Strong
 Phil Strong, Mark Korven

    Produced in association with CBC and with financial participation of Telefilm Canada, Canadian Television Fund


    Al Kazimi: A Commitment to Justice, 2006

    The Langar Hall: Run Away Grooms, 2007

    Runaway Grooms Leave Shame Behind, Toronto Star web, 2005

    RUNAWAY GROOMS, Donald Brittain Award for Best Social / Political Documentary 20th Gemini Awards (The highest award for a television documentary in Canada)


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