Air India 182 (2008)

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Air India 182 (2008)

A look at one of the worst plane bombings of the 20th century. In 1985, an Air India 747 flying from Montreal, Canada to Delhi was blown up in mid-flight by Khalistani extremists. All 331 passengers were killed, most were of Indian origin.
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Creators
Director Sturla Gunnarsson
Writer Sturla Gunnarsson
Information
Release Date2008-04-16
Runtime1h 37min
GenreDocumentary
Content Rating
AwardsAwards2 nominations
Company52 Media, Eurasia Motion Pictures, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Gurpreet Chana
Gurpreet Chana
Inderjit Singh Reyatas Inderjit Singh Reyat
Ujjal Dosanjh
Ujjal Dosanjh
Selfas Self
Natalie DP
Natalie DP
Backgroundas Background
Rob Forbes
Rob Forbes
Terrence Welchas Terrence Welch
Michael Hamper
Michael Hamper
Kenneth Sladeas Kenneth Slade
Jack Hooper
Jack Hooper
Selfas Self
Natasha Ramcharan
Natasha Ramcharan
Eisha Marjaraas Eisha Marjara
Baljinder Singh
Baljinder Singh
Talwinder Singh Parmaras Talwinder Singh Parmar
Sarabjeet Singh
Sarabjeet Singh
Hardial Singh Johanas Hardial Singh Johan
Gilles Tanguay
Gilles Tanguay
Copas Cop
Justin Ward
Justin Ward
Mike Quinnas Mike Quinn
Nurse Shelia Wallas Nurse Shelia Wall

Air India 182 (film)

Air India 182 is a 2008 documentary directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, and produced by David York. It is about the Air India Flight 182 bombing in 1985. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned the film, which originally had the preliminary title Flight 182. Gunarsson stated that he hoped the film would cause Canadians to contemplate domestic terrorism.

The film includes interviews from family members of the deceased, and other figures, including Ujjal Dosanjh, Eisha Marjara, Lata Pada, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar. One of the associate producers, Judy Koonar, is Gunarsson's wife and of Punjabi origin. The color white represents death in the Indian cultures, so the interviews were screened on a white background. The film also incorporates transcripts, re-enactments, and documents related to the case.

The film premiered at the Toronto Hot Docs in April 2008, and in June of that year it was screened at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver. Dave Hayer attended the Vancouver screening. The CBC planned to air the documentary on June 22 with no commercials.

Gunarsson argued that there were Sikh victims and therefore, as paraphrased by Charlie Smith of The Georgia Straight, "this wasn't a case of Sikhs attacking Hindus, because there were Sikh passengers." Smith argued that the conclusion about the sectarian nature was opposite of that made by The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy.


Cast

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  • Gurpreet Singh Chana - Inderjit Singh Reyat
  • Baljinder Singh - Talwinder Singh Parmar
  • Sarabjeet Singh - Hardial Singh Johal
  • Ankush Kapoor - Surjan Singh Gill
  • Rodney Ahluwalia - Rupudaman Singh Malik
  • Justin Ward - Michael "Mike" Quinn (air traffic controller at Shannon Airport)
  • Adam D. Millard - Doug Henderson
  • Jodie Graham - Ray Kobze

Amateur actors play the victims and family members.


Reception

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Monika Bartyzel of Moviefone wrote that the recreations added to the film because they "keep the story clear" and add "tangible real". She added that the scenes " to become more intimately familiar with each person -- terrorist, victim, and official -- in a way that flushes out their stories."