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.
"A rarity among independent films, Passage To Ottawa is a family drama, suitable for kids and engaging enough to keep adults interested. Omi (Nabil Mehta) is a seven-year old East Indian boy sent to live with relatives in Ottawa when his mother falls ill. He believes he is on a quest to find a super-hero who will save his mother. Roland, (Jim Codrington) the captain of a local tour boat seems to fit the bill. The two form an emotional connection, as Roland begins a romance with Safia, (Amy Sobol) Omi's lively cousin. Nice naturalistic performances from a mixed cast of amateurs and professionals coupled with sure handed direction from India-born, Russian trained, Canadian resident Gaurav Seth add up to a sweet family movie, that champions the virtues of multi-culturalism. Recommended."
Nabil Mehta .... Omi
Amy Sobol .... Safia
Jim Codrington .... Roland
Ivan Smith .... Uncle Jalal
Franceen Brodkin .... Auntie Maggie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alyssa Lawrence .... Julie
Anana Rydvald .... Female Tour Guide
Runtime: 90 min
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: Dolby SR
Certification: USA:PG / Canada:PG (Nova Scotia/Ontario)
Awards: 4 wins & 1 nomination