Our special outdoor screening inspired us to bring back one of our all-time favourite films. Director Nisha Ganatra was born in Vancouver and raised in a traditional Indian household. She wrote and directed her first feature—Chutney Popcorn—at age 25. Film lovers know this beloved cult classic received immediate praise and awards among International film communities. But what many audiences don’t know is that Ganatra originally did not cast herself in the lm. Weeks before production was scheduled to start, a leading actress cancelled, leaving Ganatra to play the now-iconic part of Reena.
Reena is a lesbian living in New York with her girlfriend, Lisa. When her happily married sister, Sarita, discovers that she is infertile, Reena offers to be a surrogate mother. How does this act of love impact Reena’s relationship with her disapproving mother and her girlfriend? Find out for the first time, or rediscover this South Asian queer, Canadian-made, cinematic favourite.
Chutney Popcorn | Nisha Ganatra | Canada, USA | 1999 | 92 min