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From 1971–1972, Patwardhan worked alongside labour and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers in California. In 1980, inspired by the UFW, farm workers of Indian origin in British Columbia brought Chavez to inaugurate the formation of the Canadian Farmworkers Union. While in graduate school at McGill, Patwardhan was drawn to efforts to unionize Punjabi berry pickers, mainly women and older men in BC's fertile Fraser Valley. Teaming up with Canadian filmmaker Jim Monro over two years, Patwardhan documented the efforts to organize and the growing solidarity between Indo-Canadian farm workers and their white co-workers, who faced death threats, vandalism and violent attacks. In this film, we encounter several hallmarks of Patwardhan's practice: a deep compassion and curiosity about people's lives, masterful editing juxtaposing oppositional images, the use of grassroots protest songs and an appreciation for the power of sound. Time to Rise won the Grand Prize at the Tyneside International Festival and marked the arrival of a remarkable documentary filmmaker. Ali Kazimi

Followed by an extended onstage conversation with Anand Patwardhan.


  • Director(s)

    • Anand Patwardhan
    • Jim Monro
  • Producer(s)

    • Jim Monro
    • Anand Patwardhan
  • Editor(s)

    • Anand Patwardhan
  • Cinematography

    • Martin Duckworth
    • Kirk Tougas
  • Composer

    • Sant Ram Udasi
  • Sound

    • Nettie Wild

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