Chino Amer-Indo Jam-African Dread: Defining Home & Identity
Picture this…dusk, a serene hush, scent of jasmine, freshly swept earth - water dampened wet, the smell of the curry pot on the boil, dog barking off in the distance, the night bird singing, smoke rising…home! Between Tim Hortons and Starbucks, Kentucky Fried Chicken and MacDonald’s, the scent of Jasmine surrenders to the embrace of new-world seduction. Have we have lost the scent to find our way home? And how does this loss shape our identity?
Gemini award-winning filmmaker, composer, singer, producer and poet, Cyrus Sundarsingh eloquently wears these many hats with joy. Born and raised in India and now living in Canada, this renaissance artist continues to bridge his different worlds effortlessly while maintaining an original and unique style. Cyrus’ directorial debut Film Club is the winner of a Gemini Award and the NFB’s $100,000.00 Reel Diversity Award. Painted Nation a 1-hour doc took him back to India for the entire shoot and the doc premiered nationally on VisionTV and Bravo! He just finished directing the pilot for an exciting weekly series on Bollywood gossip called Bollywood Gupshup. Cyrus is currently in development on a number of documentary projects. As an award-winning composer his credits include, Genie Award Winner Moving Day, the Gemini Award Nominated Twisted Sheets, Film Club and the International Award-winning documentary Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India. Cyrus’ recent musical scores for CBC Radio Dramas premiered to national and international audiences and garnered more accolades for his talents. As a performer, Cyrus’ musical journeys across Canada, the U.S., India and the U.K, culminated with the release his critically acclaimed CD, Sun to Star. A published poet, a selection of his poetry can be found in the recent issue of The Toronto Review.