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Burnt Memories: West Kelowna Fires Documentary

Jan 21, 2024

Burnt Memories: West Kelowna Fires Documentary
Burnt Memories: West Kelowna Fires Documentary

Local Student Filmmaker Looking for Interviewees

Kelowna, British Columbia, Sunday 21, 2024: Burnt Memories is a documentary about the West Kelowna wildfires, covering the fire's growth and rapid spread, the timeline of the fires, and the stories of the most directly affected civilians.

In mid-August of 2023, the McDougall Creek fire was discovered and reported. By August 18th, numerous evacuation orders were issued by the City of West Kelowna and the province declared a state of emergency due to the worsening fire condition. As of September 22, 2023, the wildfires were under control but had totalled 10,000 properties in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country. Evaluation of insured damages at that time reached $480 million.

Watching the destruction of the wildfire first hand, and seeing how many lives were destroyed in his hometown, inspired student filmmaker Abhijit Shehri to make the documentary Burnt Memories. “ THE WEST IS ON FIRE”

Abhijit is looking for people who were affected by the wildfires in West Kelowna in 2023. He wants to interview people who have stories to tell about how the fire impacted them both during the fire and after.

The goal of the documentary is to show a sense of the chaos, nervousness, and overall panic that was felt by the communities, as well as show the aftermath of the wildfires through different people.

For all those who would like to participate, Abhijit recommends reaching out to him at [email protected]

He is also looking for footage from the wildfire to demonstrate the scope and stark reality, and how many people observed the fire and were affected by it. Please send it to the email listed.

Abhijit Shehri is a local student filmmaker based in Kelowna, BC.
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: 250 864 0943

Company Contact Information:

Contact Name: Abhijit Shehri
Contact Phone: 250 864 0943
Contact Email: [email protected]
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