Hong Kong airs Punjabi film on sexual violence


A short Punjabi film on sexual violence experienced by women in Punjab was aired in Hong Kong last week.

Kambdi Deorri (ਕੰਬਦੀ ਡਿਓੜੀ – The Shivering Gateway), produced and directed by Navtej Singh Sandhu, was aired an event that also saw  talks and poetry recital on the taboo subject of sexual gender based violence against women in Punjabi societies.

Some 50 people attended the Nov 8 session.

“We want to highlight the issue of domestic violence,” said organiser Jasmeet Singh , who is also a co-producer of the movie.

Jagmohan Singh, a Hong Kong-based regional human resources director at the Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), gave a talk on domestic violence with emphasis on mental health.

“I spoke to Navtej and was humbled by his dedication and non-profit endeavours of making movies to highlight real problems while combining Punjabi literature tastefully,” he said in a post-event Facebook posting.

He suggested screening the movie in other cities to facilitate awareness on the stigmatised topic.

Navtej’s previous short film Nooran was the first Punjabi short film featured at the Cannes Film Festival.

Among the actors in Kambdi Deorri are Sardar Sohi, Jaspinder Cheema, Mohit Bhaskar, Jaswant Jass, Sukhbir Sandhu, Dilraj Uday and Gurbinder Bhatti.

Hong Kong Single Parents Association CEO Jessi Yu also made a presentation at the event.

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01 – Some lady organisers of the Kambdi Deorri showing in Hong Kong with its producer Navtej in the centre

02 – Time for group photo

03 – (R-L) Jasmeet, Navtej, Jagmohan and his wife.

05 – Hong Kong Single Parents Association CEO Jessi Yu