Multicultural Movie Night: Ocean of Pearls (Sunday)

  • August 12, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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I recently watched this movie and, given current events, I'd like to invite you to join me for a film about a Sikh man’s struggle to fit into western society. If attendance is high, I’ll squeeze in more than I normally prefer, but I feel this is important right now as it certainly helped me better understand Sikhism much more than I previously did. There are two showings, Tuesday and Sunday; please attend only one.

Ocean of Pearls (2008): A Sikh man with a full beard and turban, Amrit Singh is often the target of racial profiling. But when he sees his dreams of becoming Chief of Surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant center dwindle because of his appearance, Amrit goes against a tradition he's maintained his whole life and cuts his hair. Hiding this decision from his girlfriend and family in Toronto is only the start of a series of compromises Amrit finds himself making as he deals with hospital politics and health care injustices. When his compromises result in the death of a patient, Amrit begins to reexamine the value of the religious traditions he'd turned his back on.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other expats, world travelers, and diversity artistes to watch an interesting film together.

Please also bring a favorite food and beverage to share -- multicultural cuisine encouraged!

Plan to arrive anytime after 5:00 PM for socializing. We'll start the movie about 6:00 PM and take a quick intermission or two to refill plates and glasses.

My house has wood floors so please bring socks or slippers. Also be advised that cats live here too, so those with allergies have been notified and unfortunately I can't allow service animals to attend either.

Please understand that I need to limit the number of guests. If the event looks full, be sure to join the waiting list as there are often many later RSVP changes. Please be considerate and update your RSVP if your plans change. If you say “yes” and don’t show up, that means someone on the waiting list that wanted to attend, could not.

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  • David M.

    Thanks Val for your sensitivity and making your home available for this important film.

    1 · August 7, 2012

    • Valerie / H.

      David, I hope your back is feeling better. I've been there, so not fun.

      August 16, 2012

  • Saurabh

    It was great to meet new people in an informal setting and everyone was very nice. Valerie is a great host and I was very comfortable at her place. I would highly recommend this group to others. Thank you very much for initiating this group.

    August 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful hospitality and people.

    August 13, 2012

  • Lida L.

    Thank you Valerie for being such a great host. I enjoyed the fun group of people and the movie! Looking forward to the future events.

    August 13, 2012

  • DebW

    Great choice of movies. Thanks Val for hosting.

    August 13, 2012

  • Lana

    Good movie! Nice people! Loved the food. Thank you so much Valerie for having us over!

    August 13, 2012

  • BJ

    Nice to see familiar faces and meet some great new folks! Great movie choice and wonderful hosting Val, thank you so much!

    August 12, 2012

  • Valerie / H.

    Thank you so much for all who attended. What a lovely night! The food and company were so delightful. And fantastic to have so many new members too. I hope to see you all again soon. You are my very favorite guests!

    August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time and the food was yummy! Nice meeting you all :) Glad my samosas were a hit! Thanks Valerie!

    August 12, 2012

  • Valerie / H.

    S.G., I wished I'd heard about that memorial ahead of time, I would've like to have attended. Normally my house parties are limited to adults only, partially because of the presence of alcohol. I hope you can all join us for another event. The upcoming Japenese Lantern festival is a family friendly event.

    August 12, 2012

  • Dipak

    Thanks, Harpo!!

    1 · August 10, 2012

  • Saurabh

    I am excited to be there for movie..thanks for hosting us.

    1 · August 10, 2012

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