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Some Kind of Arrangement

Some Kind of Arrangement

| 45 min

In this documentary, the age-old tradition of arranged marriages takes a modern twist when 3 second-generation South Asian young people decide to marry. Engaging and refreshingly candid in their opinions, they make it clear that arranged marriages aren't what they used to be.

  • producer
    Geeta Sondhi
    Karen King-Chigbo
    Gerry Flahive
    Claire Prieto
  • director
    Ali Kazimi
  • editing
    Nick Hector
  • executive producer
    Louise Lore
  • director of photography
    Ali Kazimi
  • additional cinematography
    Ihor Macijiwsky
  • sound recordist
    Justine Pimlott
    Jeff Carter
    Brian Dupuis
    Helmut Hupfl
    Lisa Kolisnyk
    David Mackenzie
    Gordon Ross
    David Vitale
  • production co-ordinator
    Tina Hahn
  • production supervisor
    Marike Emery
  • senior researcher
    Nisha Pahuja
  • additional research
    Gila Bell
    Preet Chandhoke
    Prem Gill
    Sartaj Khalsa
    Amrita Sondhi
    Kalyani Vittala
  • production assistant
    Zan Chandler
  • post-production supervisor
    Robin Bicknell
  • assistant editor
    Wyeth Clarkson
  • colourist
    Joanne Rourke
  • on-line editing facility
    MPI Productions Limited
  • sound editor
    Steve Munro
    Tim Roberts
    Colin Baxter
  • re-recording
    Steve Munro
  • post-production sound facility
    Trackworks Inc.
  • transcription
    Chris Warren
    Stephan Fraticelli
  • original music composer
    Wende Bartley
  • original music performer
    Kiran Ahluwalia
    Ravi Naimpally
    Raya Bidaye
    Ernie Toller
  • original music recording engineer
    John D.S. Adams
  • publicity
    Genevieve Kierans
  • publicist
    Philip Louis
  • still photography
    Rob Davidson
    Paul Fairweather
    Tina Hahn
    Kiran Panchal
    Victor Wong
  • production accountant
    Miriam Pecorsky
  • legal services
    John Duncan & Assoc.
  • production insurance
    Thompson, Thomspon Entertainment Insu...


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Ages 12 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships

Summary with teaching points

This documentary explores the approach to arranged marriages in the 1990s by three different young people of South Asian descent. The film will raise awareness about the process that each person went through and can be compared to the viewer’s understanding of how courtship and marriage happen.  Students could be involved in discussions and essays on this topic. How does each person in the documentary explain their identity? What is involved in developing an identity? Explore the ideas of gender roles and stereotypes in these relationships. Research: What is different about the process of arranged marriages today?

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