12 Aug 2008

Commissioner heartened by benefit film for Singh family

7:09 pm on 12 August 2008

A benefit film screening that raised $13,000 to help the family of a slain South Auckland liquor store owner has drawn praise from Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.

Navtej Singh, 30, died after being shot in his Manurewa store in June.

Mr de Bres says he was approached by the Film Commission about the screening of Apron Strings, a film set in South Auckland and featuring a Sikh-Pakeha family struggling with anger, violence and prejudice.

He says Monday night's screening was a gift to the Singh family from the film's director, and family members who gathered to see the film were clearly moved.