Dear Friends,

Sher Vancouver is a social, cultural, and support non-profit society for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends and families.  Everyone is welcome in Sher Vancouver.

Sher Vancouver’s first film, My Name Was January, went on to win 12 international jury awards and garnered an amazing 42 official selections at film festivals around the world.  For more information on My Name Was January check out:  https://januarylapuz.net/

Sher Vancouver is in the early stages of producing our second documentary film tentatively titled – Emergence.

Vinay Giridhar will be directing this film (see biography below).


Sher Vancouver would like to bring you on board as an advisor to the project.

  • We can afford to pay an honorarium of $25.00 per hour for your time. 
  • You will also receive full credit for any work you do.

We are hoping you can assist with the following for example:

  • Sher will be purchasing Vinay a new camera.  We are hoping you can provide some guidance around this and also around technical aspects around camera operation, lighting, sound, backdrop, etc.  Maybe you could tutor Vinay for a few days.
  • Sher might also need you to be an Assistant Cameraperson as Vinay was saying that some shots might need two cameras. You will need your own camera and equipment for this.
  • We are also hoping that Vinay can call, email, text, or Skype you with questions when needed and you can respond to him as the project develops.

We have a 1 year to 1.5 year time frame for the film and the film will be largely shot in the Surrey and North Delta area in August of 2019.


If  you are interested in this position please forward your professional resume with links to your work to alexsangha@gmail.com

Deadline is August 1, 2019

If you have any connection to the South Asian and or LGBTQ community please indicate this but it is not a necessary qualification for the position.


Emergence (Short Documentary – 25 minutes or less)

Emergence is about the strengths and struggles of LGBTQ South Asian people in Metro Vancouver reflecting on their coming out journey and the reactions of their parents.

Emergence is a very valuable educational tool and can help many people, especially youth, deal with their sexuality, gender identity, and coming out journey from a cross-cultural perspective.

It will help people emotionally connect and better understand the issues, concerns, and challenges that LGBTQ South Asian people experience and the potential fear of rejection or love and acceptance that they may receive from their parents.

The film will give a voice to the taboo topic of homosexuality in the South Asian community.  It is very rich to hear from the parents whose acceptance LGBTQ children seek.  For the parents, it is so difficult when teachings or loyalties are split between children and what they may have “known” deeply to be right or moral all their lives.

Many South Asian parents with LGBTQ children also do not know any other parents with LGBTQ children.  They are isolated with limited understanding.  Emergence will help fill this gap.

This short documentary film will empower and save lives and create a sense of community and critical awareness for South Asian parents with LGBTQ children.

People of all backgrounds will be able to relate to this film because it deals with issues of fitting in, belonging, acceptance, love, as well as possible experiences we all go through of discrimination, oppression, and rejection and the impact this has on our life.



  • Vinay completed the Digital Graphic Design Program at Vancouver Community College and a Diploma in Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School.
  • Vinay completed the animated short film “Love’s Age.”  You can view it at the following link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt5k7TSNo4c
  • Vinay is the current Art Director and Graphic Designer for Darpan Magazine which is a South Asian Lifestyle Magazine.  Vinay has created and edited numerous videos for Darpan Magazine.
  • Vinay has done significant art and design and film and video work for Sher Vancouver and the My Name Was January documentary film project.  Here is a video Vinay did to mark the 10th anniversary of Sher Vancouver:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5IvoVHhyIM
  • Vinay is originally from Kerala, India and currently lives in Surrey, BC.

Sher Vancouver hopes that you would be willing to support the production of this important social justice documentary film project which would aim to bring more cross-cultural understanding and compassion for a vulnerable and marginalized and often targeted segment of the population.

In Gratitude,
Alex Sangha 
Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor
Recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada
Founder of Sher Vancouver  http://www.shervancouver.com/
Producer of My Name Was January https://januarylapuz.net/
Producer of Emergence
Email:  alexsangha@gmail.com