Amar Wala – Stateless
With his debut feature The Secret Trial 5 (2014), Amar Wala established himself as a daring new voice in Canadian cinema. Passionate about both documentary and narrative film, Wala’s work is informed by his own experience as an immigrant and explores themes of race, justice and identity. Cameron Bailey, Director of TIFF, named Amar one of Toronto’s Top Ten Filmmakers in 2008, for his short film The Good Son. The Secret Trial 5 received the 2014 Magnus Isacsson Award at RIDM, as well as a Jury Award in the Emerging Filmmaker category at Hot Docs. The film would also be named one of Now Magazine’s Top Ten Films of 2014.