Filmi 21! Virtual Edition
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!
December 19th-20th, 2020
21st Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian film festival
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Jai MataDi – A Trek to the Top
Kash Gauni guides us in this initial trek to a mystical mountain cave of a folkloric immortal avatar, who makes wishes come true. Kash puts out a wish to experience the powers of Vaishno Devi and joins the thousands of pilgrims trekking up an ancient mountain in the tiny terrorist stricken, remote Himalayan pathway to the famous cave in Jammu & Kashmir. Jai Matadi: Trek to the Top is a brilliant and entertaining Malcolm Gladwell-esque vacation of the mind that will simultaneously delight and illuminate anyone in search of the secret of success.
Shreela Chakrabartty is the director half of Shreela & Kash films. Kash Gauni is the storyteller. They built a company on faith, hope and trust when they made their first feature, Rock Paper Dice Enter. Their symbiotic relationship enables them to churn out stories that take you into new entertaining vistas. Trained by award winning industry masters on sets and in action, the pair joined hands from East to West in Canada and across the globe.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Shreela identifies female, director, 2nd gen, ethnic minority, daughter of freedom fighting, truth seeking refugee/immigrants, and child of immortal bliss. Her primary language is English and she is exposed to multiple world languages. She is dedicated to working in partnership with American/Canadian/Asian Indian, writer/producer/talent, and storyteller, Kash Gauni, who travels widely around the world representing top brands with his ethnically diverse face.
Shreela and Kash attract outliers, curious about the world outside of their feeds. They interface in English, digging into mind bending scenarios. They explore plots beyond the noise and chaos, to find entertaining moments in the migrant experience. They tirelessly persist in this filmmaking business to creatively fill the absence of heritage based thoughts and reflections on the screen. They are not shy about their pursuit of success and would like to take you on that journey with them.