Abhish S. Birla
Producer • Director • Editor
Abhish S. Birla has over 20 years of experience. He has produced international documentaries and documentary series for White Mountain Films, National Geographic International, the History Channel, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Abhish is accomplished in several capacities, and has received numerous awards and nominations for production, direction, editing, and sound from Canadian and American guilds. His work on Indigenous peoples, endangered species, and historical and cultural figures has led him to supervise crews in North America, Europe, and South Asia.
Awards and recognition include:
Golden Sheaf Award for the CBC production "The Hunters' Sons"
Canadian Screen Award for the CBC series "Les Ruraux du 21è (21st Century Family Farms)"
Canadian Screen Award nominations for the National Geographic series "Deadly Arts"
Canadian Screen Award nominations for the CBC feature documentary "Song of the River"
Aboriginal People's Television Network
Writer / Director
As a teenager, James Jones was a gang member living on the streets of Edmonton. Hoop dancing helped him escape that world. Banned for generations, traditional ceremonies, including dancing are seeing a rebirth in indigenous communities. Today James is a rising star, dancing with A Tribe Called Red, performing and competing on the world stage. He is also using traditional dance to help indigenous youth stay out of gangs and off the streets.
JOURNEY TO MECCA
Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca.
His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Battuta's first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
THE SONG OF THE RIVER
Writer / Producer / Director
For centuries the James Bay Cree were a nomadic people who lived off the land, often in isolation from Quebec and Canada. Since the 1970's the province of Quebec sought to create and then expand a massive hydro-electric power network. Each new development was met with protest from the Cree as their ability to hunt and trap is greatly diminished with each dammed river and ever increasing areas of flooded land. "The Song of the River" is a feature documentary that explores the modern history of the James Bay Cree through the eyes of former Grand Chief, Matthew Mukash. It examines the precarious relationship between those who seek to live in harmony with nature and those who seek to profit from it.
INDIA: KINGDOM OF THE TIGER
Follow in the footsteps of Jim Corbett, the famed English hunter-naturalist, as he races to save an Indian village from the terror of a man-eating tiger. Along his journey he expresses his passion for tigers and explores the issues of tiger conservation. The film is also a historical epic depicting India from 1910 to the modern era. Starring critically acclaimed Indian actress Smriti Mishra and Christopher Heyerdahi.