Social Justice, Podcast, Arts & Culture

Episode 18: Telling difficult stories with compassion — with Baljit Sangra

June 04, 2019
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This episode features Baljit Sangra, a Vancouver-based documentarian and filmmaker. Baljit's latest documentary, Because We Are Girls, is a powerful film that follows three Indo-Canadian sisters from Williams Lake, BC, who experienced sexual abuse by an older relative in their childhood years. Through an empathetic lens, Baljit shows the sisters’ laughs and struggles, as they seek to break the cycle of abuse and redress the wrongs within their family. Am Johal and Maria Cecilia Saba talk to Baljit about her approach to a complex story in a way that highlights her heroines’ humanity and the power of true sisterhood.

About Our Guest

Baljit Sangra

Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has been working on documentaries, corporate videos, feature films and factual entertainment. Her passion is exploring social and cross-cultural issues. She has now directed/produced the documentary “Because We Are Girls” in association with NFB (National Film Board of Canada). She has also directed/produced Many Rivers Home a personal story that focuses on Seniors in assisted care and looks at the end story of life for OmniTV. In addition, she has directed/produced the documentary Warrior Boyz in association with NFB and Canwest which examines the long running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of the Lower Mainland. Warrior Boyz premiered at Doxa and was nominated for three Leos. Baljit also directed an A&E for CityTV and Channel M called VIVA! for several seasons.



Johal, Am and Maria Cecilia Saba. “Telling difficult stories with compassion — with Baljit Sangra.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, June 4, 2019.


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