Among the major talent that former programmer David Overbey is credited with discovering is Deepa Mehta, who presents a screening of her 1991 film, Sam and Me. In addition to her new film Heaven on Earth, receiving its World Premiere at TIFF08, Mehta will discuss the film that helped to launch her career in the early 1990s. Made with passion and warmth, Sam and Me shares the story of Sam Cohen, a cranky older Jewish man and Nikhil, the Indian man who is hired to take care of him. Probing beyond the clichés of cross-cultural encounters, Mehta and writer Ranjit Chowdhry (who also plays Nikhil) bring to the screen a warm and complex relationship that bridges the ethnic communities from which each man comes.
2008 Screening Schedule