Date:December 20th, 2009
Time: Starting at 9:30 AM in the morning.
Location: South Edmonton Common Cineplex Galaxy, 1525 – 99th Street, Edmonton, Alberta.
Contacts: 780 498 1070 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” - Goethe
What’s your dream? Perhaps it is to raise awareness about a particular issue or affect change in a defined community. Move people with your big dream. Don’t settle for anything less.
A dream that has moved me recently is that of a young filmmaker named Lenin M. Sivam. Lenin’s dream is to create a vibrant film industry in Toronto. He wants a platform for aspiring artists to showcase their talent and tell the stories that matter to the many communities that make up this vibrant city. Great films transcend language, culture and time and Lenin’s critically acclaimed film, 1999, is no exception. Made on a shoestring budget and driven by the shared commitment of its volunteer cast and crew to tell a remarkable story, the movie is an eye-opening and provocative depiction of the immigrant experiences of three young Tamil men growing up in Toronto in the late 1990s. Lenin’s film has already moved the hearts of hundreds of movie-goers in Toronto and Vancouver. It was noted as the “future of Canadian filmmaking” and voted as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Canadian Films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Lenin is himself a refugee who moved to Toronto from war-torn Sri Lanka. He put himself through school, got a university education and used his own money to chase a dream while raising a young family. With no lengthy experience or formal education in filmmaking, he is already being recognized at major festivals. Learn more about his film at http://www.1999movie.com/ and contact me to learn how you can help Lenin make his dream a reality.
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The movie 1999 is a sinuously provocative, edge-of-your-seat tale of friendship, betrayal and courage. Set against the city of Toronto in the year 1999, director Lenin M. Sivam chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young Tamil men. They have treaded very different paths in their lives yet their fates become inexorably tied to each other. A bright underachiever, the impressionable 23-year old Anpu lives with his ailing father, who is a no-nonsense disciplinarian. Trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of isolation, Anpu finds salvation with a local gang. The charismatic gang leader Kumar who maintains a strong sense of comradery and a code of honour. Gang life is not something he enjoys nor something he chose, but circumstances forced him into it and he is waiting for the right moment to quit. And, far removed from them is an ambitious student Ahilan, who has managed to surmount enormous challenges in life through his positive outlook and determination. Former classmates and friends, Ahilan and Anpu happen to like the same girl. These young men’s stories couldn’t be more different, yet the one thread that links them all is that they all are victims of the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka. That fateful bright Saturday starts like any other, and no one could have predicted the chain of events that are about to quickly unfold that will change their lives forever.