Film director and cinematographer Vic Sarin’s work on feature films, documentaries and television movies, including Whale Music, Cold Comfort and Margaret’s Museum has been widely appreciated.
He has received Genie and Emmy nominations and the Kodak Achievement Award.
His feature film, Partition, was about the beauty, complexity and humanity of the subcontinent. Starring Neve Campbell, Madhur Jaffrey, Irrfan Khan and Jimi Mistry, the sweeping tale enjoyed a mainstream release. “If at the end of the movie, you came away feeling divisions are a bad thing, the movie works” says Sarin. “The compartments we pigeonhole people into do not matter; what matters is the humanity, the internal journey. I wanted to show that when we wage wars, it’s the innocent who suffer. Children are the victims of our follies.”
His latest movie, A Shine of Rainbows, starring Connie Nielsen and Aidan Quinn, is the story of a woman who brings a young orphan into her home and heart. The movie picked up a slew of awards at prestigious international film festivals.
Sarin was born in Kashmir, grew up in Australia and makes his home in Vancouver. He moved to Canada in 1963.
“There were just 600 immigrants of my background that year,” he recalls.