By Film Threat Staff | May 21, 2002

The 2002 VC FilmFest has chosen Guarav Seth’s feature “A Passage to Ottawa” as their Closing Night film. The Festival runs from May 16th through May 23rd, 2002, when “Passage” screens at the Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles at 7:30PM.
“A Passage to Ottawa” follows young Omi as he tries to figure out his own identity and what makes a true hero tick:
Omi is an eight-year-old boy who is sent to live with his cousin in Ottawa because of his mother’s illness back home. Without a father and unaware that his mother is likely to die, young Omi believes that he is on a mission to find a hero who will save her.
Despite getting off to a rocky start, Omi connects emotionally with Roland, the captain of a local tour boat, who, in turn, begins a romance with Safia, the daughter of Omi’s elder cousin. Safia begins to sneak around behind her parents’ back, playing into Omi’s “hero worship” in order to keep seeing Roland. She knows that her parents would not approve of Roland because he is both much older than her and black. But is Roland really the hero that Omi is looking for? And will Safia stand in his way when it comes time for Roland to leave for India to save Omi’s mother?

The feature is the debut film for director Guarav Seth, and it has already collected awards from the Austin Film Festival (Feature Film Award) and the Berlin International Film Festival (Glass Bear – Special Mention).
For VC FilmFest passes and a full schedule of films, visit the official Festival site.
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