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A Passage to Ottawa (2001)

Omi, a seven-year old East Indian boy is sent to Ottawa to live with his uncle due to his mother's illness back home. He has no father and unaware that his mother is likely to die, Omi ... See full summary »


Gaurav Seth


Jameel Khaja
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nabil Mehta Nabil Mehta ... Omi
Dan Beamish Dan Beamish ... Pilot
Marion Finklestein Marion Finklestein ... Airport Attendant
Ivan Smith Ivan Smith ... Uncle Jalal
Franceen Brodkin Franceen Brodkin ... Auntie Maggie
Amy Sobol Amy Sobol ... Safia
Didier Garrett Didier Garrett ... Adam
Nicholas Gignac Nicholas Gignac ... Neighborhood Kid #1
Daniel Gignac Daniel Gignac ... Neighborhood Kid #2
Jimmy Seymour Jimmy Seymour ... Neighborhood Kid #3
Gary Fine Gary Fine ... Neighborhood Kid #4
Jesse Todd Jesse Todd ... Hippy Guy
Alison Darcy Alison Darcy ... Hippy Girl
Elize Chazan Elize Chazan ... Adam's Mother
John Olts John Olts ... Man in Telephone Booth


Omi, a seven-year old East Indian boy is sent to Ottawa to live with his uncle due to his mother's illness back home. He has no father and unaware that his mother is likely to die, Omi believes that he is on a mission to find a hero to take back to India to save her. Omi connects emotionally with Roland, the captain of a local tour boat who in turn begins a romance with Safia, Omi's fiesty teenage cousin who is assigned to take care of him. Written by <fire_x3@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

india | canada | independent film | See All (3) »


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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

30 October 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Droga do Ottawy See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TransVision Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roland: So, you're Indian?
Safia: Do I look Indian?
Roland: Well, the shop...
Safia: Oh, yeah. Well, my father is Indian and my mother is from here. So I'm mixed up.
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Charming, but not exceptional
6 January 2003 | by dan_sprocketSee all my reviews

As you may notice, I'm writing this short review from Ottawa, Canada's Capital. Unlike New York, London or Toronto, it's not often that my home town has a starring role in a movie, so that was perhaps my main attraction to this film.

The story and quality of acting is at "The Game Has Been Rained Out, So Here's a Movie" level. Everything is competent, but not exceptional. The story-line moves along well enough, until near the end where I found it began to take some leaps in logic.

The story deals with a young boy trying to understand his mother's illness, and look for ways to save her, by finding a superhero to bring home to make her well again. The unlikely superhero is the unlikely captain of a tourist cruise boat, who falls in love with the young boys cousin. It deals with issues of race and culture and family.

Without my bias in favour of Ottawa, I'd give this movie a 5.5 out of 10 stars, but if you want to see some awesome scenery, Ottawa can't be beat.

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