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| 9 min

This short documentary tells the intensely personal story of Namrata Gill – one of the many real-life inspirations for Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth – in her own words. After six years, Gill courageously leaves an abusive relationship and launches a surprising new career.

  • writer
    Shazia Javed
  • director
    Shazia Javed
  • editor
    Doug Forbes
  • editor in development
    Brenda Terning
  • director of photography
    Doug Cole
  • additional photography
    Mark Power
  • sound recordist
    Carey Opper
  • sound design
    Perry Blackman
  • online editor
    Joe Owens
  • colourist
    Joe Owens
  • researcher
    Shazia Javed
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Susan Lewis
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • producer
    Gil Cardinal
    Bonnie Thompson
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 13 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Health/Personal Development - Sexuality
Social Studies - Canada in the World Today

A painful situation finishes with a comic twist. What options did Namrata have in her situation? What ideas kept Namrata from leaving her husband? Activity: Research arguments in favour of arranged marriages in societies outside of Canada. Group work activity: Students design an information sheet giving new Canadian women the information they would like them to have about their rights and support resources. What is the legal basis for women’s rights in Canada?

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