Union Leader (film)

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Union Leader
Union Leader Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySanjay Patel
Produced bySanjay Patel
Written by
  • Sanjay Patel
  • John Winston Rainey
CinematographyNilip Deb
Edited by
  • Aurelien Brentraus
  • Brock Roberts
Dimlight Pictures
Distributed byPVR Vcaao
Release date
  • 24 September 2017 (Canada)
  • 19 January 2018 (India)
Running time
105 Mins

Union Leader is a 2017 Indian drama film directed by Sanjay Patel and starring Rahul Bhat and Tillotama Shome. The film's original title was Kamdar Union that was later changed to Union Leader during the post production.[1]


Resigned to his fate as a worker in a notoriously shoddy chemical plant, Jay wants little more than for his wife and son to escape their life of poverty but soon he realizes that he must not only find a way to support his family, but also overcome grave social and legal injustice in the system. [2]



The filming took place at various locations in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and it was wrapped up towards the end of December 2016.The film was shot in India in late 2016, and features an all-Indian cast. However, the post-production work was done in Calgary. [2]


Union Leader has already been accepted by several film festivals, including the Hof International Film Festival in Germany and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida.[2] The film was released on 19 January 2018.[3]


Award Category Year Result Ref.
AMPIA (Rosie Awards) Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor 2018 Nominated [4]
St. Louis International Film Festival Best Movie 2017 Nominated [5]
10th Colombia George International (Angaelica) Film Festival, USA Best Film in The Best Of Fest Category 2017 Won [6]
17th Kansas International Film Festival, USA Best Film 2017 Nominated [7]
13th Utopia Film Festival, USA Best Film 2017 Nominated [8]
18th Ojai Film Festival, USA Best Film 2017 Nominated [9]
32nd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA Best Film 2017 Nominated [10]
51st hof international film festival, Germany Emerging Director 2017 Nominated [11]
24th CineSol Film Festival, Texas, US Best Film 2017 Nominated [12]
11th Red Rock Film Festival, Utah, US Best Film 2017 Nominated [13]
7th Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival Best Feature Film 2017 Nominated [14]
48th International Film Festival of India Cinema of the World 2017 Nominated [15]


  1. ^ "'Kamdar Union' to showcase worker's plight". dnaSyndication.
  2. ^ a b c Bird, Cullen (8 September 2017). "Local filmmaker releasing Hindi-language feature film". fortmcmurraytoday.com. Fort McMurray Today. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Union Leader Movie Cast Crew Story Release Date Trailer". Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Union Leader at AMPIA". AMPIA.org. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Union Leader at St. Louis Film Festival". Cinema St. Louis. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Legacy Awards". 2017 FESTIVAL ANGAELICA @ BIG BEAR LAKE. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Union Leader Screening on Nov 7th". Kansas Film. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Utopia Film Festival Schedule" (PDF). Utopia Film Festival. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Union Leader at Ojai Film Festival". Ojaifilmfestival.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Union Leader at FLIFF 2017". fliff.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Film Festival, Germany" (PDF). hofer-filmtage.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Film Festival, Texas, US". cinesol.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Film Festival, Utah, US". redrockfilmfestival.com. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  14. ^ "South Asian Film Festival". visaff.ca. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Film Festival of India". iffigoa.org. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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