Rex vs. Singh [videorecording] : four versions /
by Ali Kazimi, John Greyson & Richard Fung.
Toronto: V Tape, 2009.
1 videodisc (30 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
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Toronto: V Tape, 2009.
credits note
Director of photography, Ali Kazimi; editors, Carole Larsen, Jared Raab, Ali Kazimi.
general note
Originally produced in 2008 for the Queer History Project of Out on Screen, Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
Tom Bolton, Enrico DeFede, Sarabjeet Singh, Nathaniel Bacon, Gurpreet Johol, Barry Birnberg.
Between 1909 and 1929, an inordinate number of men tried for sodomy in Vancouver were Sikhs. In 1915, two Sikh mill-workers, Dalip Singh and Naina Singh, were entrapped by undercover police in Vancouver and accused of sodomy. This experimental video stages scenes from the trial, told four times: first as a period drama, second as a documentary investigation of the case, third as a musical agit-prop, and fourth, as a deconstruction of the actual court transcript. Rex vs. Singh is a speculative interplay between homophobia and racism in this little known chapter in Canadian history, inspired by the research of Gordon Brent Ingram.
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technical details
DVD, region 1.

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