Manny Amar has probed South Asian gangs and drug addiction in cities. His next project will look at edgy teen issues in small towns like Port Alberni.

Filmmaker to probe small town edgy teen issues

Mani Amar has chronicled gang life in Vancouver and next plans to probe teen alcohol, drugs and sex issues in small towns like Port Alberni

Film maker Mani Amar has probed South Asian gang life and addictions on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and now he plans to examine edgy teen issues in small towns like Port Alberni.

Amar’s project will probe alcohol, drugs, sex and  teen pregnancy.

He was inspired to do the project after watching the 1995 movie ‘Kids’, which chronicled a day in the life a group of teens in New York City and their unrestrained behavior towards sex and substance abuse.

Similar issues exist in small towns but play out differently, Amar said. “I grew up in Port and can draw on my own personal experiences to put it into context,” he said.

Amar knows he’ll have his critics about the project but says he’d rather be honest than wear blinders. “I’m not trying to glorify the negative side of small town teen life,” Amar said. “I’m being honest about portraying the reality of it.”

Amar excelled in school and straddled the South Asian and white worlds, neither of which he slotted comfortably into.

He sees few people today that he graduated from high school with.  He sees one who exhibited vast potential, Amar said. “He lives in Surrey and is addicted to crack.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Port Alberni’s bylaw department shifts from reactive to proactive

8.5 times more files being completed by bylaw officers

Port Alberni’s West Coast Rangers hold rendezvous

Three-day event featured historical re-enactment

Port Alberni Port Authority talks logistics for cruise ship visit

Some restrictions for pedestrians, boaters will be in place

Port Alberni’s ‘Army of Problem Solvers’ to the rescue

Facebook group gathers people who just want to help their neighbours

Hurricane Katrina inspires Alberni author’s new novel

Jacqueline Swann brings message of climate change to life with story of fictional journalist

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

B.C. port workers set to strike on Monday in Vancouver

A strike at two container terminals would affect Canadian trade to Asia

Cyclists can choose round trip from Comox to Nanaimo, or Alberni-Nanaimo-Comox

The Boomer’s Legacy British Columbia Bike Ride is back. In a couple… Continue reading

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

Prepare yourself for tick season, says Island Health official

2017 saw three reported cases of Lyme disease

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Most Read