Trudeau's Other Children

Trudeau's Other Children

| 1 h 7 min
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Musicians Vineet Vyas, Mei Han and Asif Illyas are part of one of the greatest social experiments the world has seen: multiculturalism. Nearly 40 years ago, under the eye of visionary prime minister Pierre Trudeau, Canada began turning itself into the world's first truly multicultural state--a place where people from all nations could be at home. But the genesis for Trudeau's idea came decades earlier, when he was a young man travelling through the chaos of the post-war Middle East and Asia.

Vineet Vyas is a renowned tabla player who splits his time between Canada and India. An accomplished traditional musician, zheng player Mei Han is also an audacious innovator and improviser. And Asif Illyas--born in Sri Lanka, raised in England, and living in Halifax--is frontman for boundary-breaking contemporary pop band Mir.

In Trudeau's Other Children, award-winning filmmaker Rohan Fernando places the stories of Mei, Vineet and Asif in juxtaposition with archival footage and excerpts from Trudeau's journals. The result offers unique insights into the origins and practice of Canada's multicultural policy--and a film as powerful, layered and subtle as the best of their music.

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Credits
  • participant
    Mei Han
    Vineet Vyas
    Asif Illyas
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau
  • writer
    Rohan Fernando
  • director
    Rohan Fernando
  • producer
    Kent Martin
  • cinematography
    Russell Gienapp
    Kent Nason
  • editor
    Hannele Halm
  • sound
    Paul Adlaf
    Stéphane Barsalou
    Bruce Gordon Thomsen
    Jane Porter
    Alex Salter
  • voice
    Yanik Bousquet
  • original music composer
    Asif Illyas
  • research
    Rohan Fernando
  • archival research
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • sound editor
    Paul Steffler
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin

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