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Khoya: Sami Khan’s film deserves more than fading into the VOD void

For his debut feature Khoya, writer-director Sami Khan spent close to seven years developing the project, scrounging up resources where he could.

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3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Khoya
Written by
Sami Khan
Directed by
Sami Khan
Starring
Rupak Ginn, Stephen McHattie
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English

It is no easy thing, being an independent Canadian filmmaker. For his debut feature Khoya, writer-director Sami Khan spent close to seven years developing the project, scrounging up resources where he could, surviving a last-minute casting change and even a religious riot during shooting. For all his trouble, Khoya will enjoy a run at the tiny Carlton Cinema in Toronto, more than likely overshadowed by releases both large and small, before fading into the VOD void. If that sounds like a grim predetermined fate, then I apologize, as Khan and his film deserve much more. Chronicling the efforts of the Toronto-raised Roger (Rupak Ginn) to find his birth parents in India, Khoya is an often startling work of compact storytelling. The film is short but spirited, and Khan has clearly spent so much time thinking and developing his tale that its emotional resonance rings true from the first frame. This is a film that deserves to be seen – and my prediction above is one that deserves to be proven wrong.

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About the Author

Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the Executive Producer of Features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing has also been featured in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. More

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