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Surrey Schools’ Punjabi Film Festival continues to grow and has attracted its first entrant from outside Surrey.
A team from Oliver, B.C., joined teams from Enver Creek, L.A. Matheson, Panorama Ridge, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and Tamanawis secondary schools at the second annual celebration of students telling stories on film in their heritage language.
(An L.A. Matheson team at the Punjabi Film Festival)
Student films showcased in the festival at Panorama Ridge Secondary focused on a problem and ended with a strong message. They tackled subjects such as gang violence and drugs, gender discrimination, gender equality, domestic violence, superstitions and stereotyping.
“Students put in a lot of thought in their stories and acting,” said Gurpreet Kaur Bains, head of the Modern Languages department at L.A. Matheson. “The bar was set really high for next year. We had about 200 people in the audience and need to move this festival to a bigger location next year to accommodate a bigger audience.”