I Want to Be a Desi 2


Quick stats about the movie

“Desi: South Asian immigrants and descendants, carrying a subtext of inclusiveness and unity.”

This film asks, what does a non-Desi have to do to become a Desi? And what does the word Desi mean to you?

Produced with a grant awarded by bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), a division of Bell Media Inc.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Allan Tong
Producer: Dinesh Sachdev

Director’s statement

Allan Tong says:

“This film compiles research for the forthcoming short comedy I Want To Be A Desi. The theme of both films is the search for identity in post-multicultural Canada where cultures from various parts of the world collide and blend.

What is a “Desi” in this climate? Can you be both Desi and Canadian? What is the value of belonging to a cultural group? Suppose you are a combination of various cultures? Can you adopt another? And do cultural distinctions matter anymore?”

About Allan Tong


Allan is a Toronto filmmaker, currently making the short comedy I Want To Be A Desi for Bravo!FACT. His previous film, the short drama Grange Avenue, played the festival circuit and was broadcast on the CBC.

He apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board (NFB).

His articles about cinema have appeared in respected journals including POV,Take One and CinemaScope as well as The Globe and MailExclaim! and The Festival Daily published by the Toronto International Film Festival.

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