April 8, 2014

Sandalwood Heights student-filmmaker nominated for international film award

Siddarth Anilkumar Rajashree, a grade 12 student at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, was recently nominated for the Best Editing Award at the THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival. Anikumar Rajashree is nominated for his film High School Hip Hop and immigrated to Canada from India via Qatar in 2012.

The THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival, held annually in Doha, Qatar, attracts young filmmakers from around the world. The festival serves as a platform for young people to create advocacy films on local or global issues. Anilkumar Rajashree’s documentary explores the influence that hip hop culture has on teenagers in Brampton and how they emulate the hip hop culture in their everyday lives.

“I didn’t want to give a particularly biased take on the issue of whether hip hop, rap, break dancing and beat boxing have a positive or negative influence on teens,” says Anilkumar Rajashree. “I wanted to leave that up to the audience. I wanted to ask the question of why they are influenced by it in such a big way.”

This year’s THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival is being held April 17 to 19. As a nominee, Anilkumar Rajashree will travel to Qatar to represent his film. Festival organizers are covering the cost of travel to and from Doha.

“I’m really excited to go back to Qatar,” says Anilkumar Rajashree. “THIMUN was the one of the main things that got me into filmmaking in the first place. It showed me that I could make a career out of doing something that I love. I’m excited to see my old friends, and to represent my school and  Canada.”

For more information about the film festival, visit http://qatar.thimun.org/9-homepage/3-film-festival.

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Media contact:  Robert Hamilton, Head of Arts (acting), Dramatic Arts & Film Teacher, Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, 905-494-0023 ext. 458, [email protected]

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905 890 1010 ext. 2098, [email protected]

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