Feature documentary confronts tradition and taboo

Alex (Amar) Sangha (MSW’13) is the producer of upcoming feature documentary Emergence: Out of the Shadows due for release this year. The film will be submitted to film festivals in July 2021. One official virtual screening is confirmed at KDocsFF in Surrey on October 11 for National Coming Out Day. This is the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) premiere. DVDs and digital downloads of the documentary, along with a discussion guide, will be made available to high schools, colleges, universities, and the educational market via Moving Images Distribution which is a non-profit social justice film distributor in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The film will be broadcast across Canada on OUTtv and be made available worldwide on its streaming site OUTtvGo.

Sangha is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada. He’s founder of Sher Vancouver, a non-profit society for LGBTQ+ South Asians and their friends, families and allies in Metro Vancouver, B.C.,
and Sher Films.


For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience. Denial, shame and despair haunted their youths, even threatening their lives. Yet, they’ve emerged. In the gripping feature documentary Emergence: Out of the Shadows, the disparate journeys of Kayden, Jag and Amar candidly converge around a shared sense of compassion and healing as they bravely convey their often heart-wrenching stories. Confronted with tradition and taboo in their Punjabi Sikh cultures, resisting silence, Jag’s parents and Amar’s mother choose love over rejection, offering courage and inspiration to individuals and communities struggling with acceptance. Tender, thoughtful and teary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows asserts a potent and transformative voice in support of marginalized queer youth and their families.