Fiona McCall Communications

March 18, 2008 11:00 ET

Air India Documentary Premieres Hot Docs 2008


Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor TORONTO, MARCH 18--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Air India 182, Sturla Gunnarson´s provocative film about the 1985 Air India tragedy, will have its world premiere at Hot Docs 2008 as the Festival´s Canadian Opening Presentation. A deeply affecting look at the world´s deadliest air-terror attack before 9/11, Air India 182 will screen on April 17 at Toronto´s Winter Garden Theatre.

Air India 182 is a first-person account of the Air India conspiracy and its tragic aftermath. The story is told by those who were directly involved, including families of those who died, key CSIS and RCMP investigators and the conspirators themselves. Their testimony is intervoven with reconstructions of key moments in the conspiracy, based entirely on court documents, de-classified CSIS reports and wiretaps. The film counts down the final weeks and hours before Air India 182 disappeared off Irish radar screens .

"This was a Canadian tragedy", says director Gunnarsson. "The conspiracy was Vancouver-based, most of the victims were Canadian and it has profound implications about the way we think of ourselves and the society we live in. I hope this film goes some way toward distilling a very complex story and giving a voice to the Air India families, who are among the most graceful and dignified people I've ever met."

The film will air nationally on CBC Television in early summer.

Air India 182 is written and directed by Sturla Gunnarson and produced by David York and Sturla Gunarsson. The duo last teamed up for the Emmy Award-winning Gerrie and Louise, set in South Africa.
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