The town that rallied to grant a dying boy his last wish is hosting a screening of a movie inspired by his story.
On Thursday, July 5 at 8 p.m., South Dumfries Community Centre will be the location of a free outdoor screening of “Uma,” the story of a dying girl whose father wants to recreate a famous festival she has never experienced.
Evan, who was just seven years when he passed away nearly three years ago because of a brain tumour, asked to experience one last Christmas before he died. His family, friends, the people of St. George, Brant county and beyond responded with an early Christmas celebration no one will forget in October 2015. The entire town decorated early and put together a Christmas parade for Evan. An estimated 7,000 people attended the parade.
Their efforts and Evan’s story received attention from across Canada and around the world.
“The community can once again come together for Evan, just like they did almost three years ago, to recognize how this young boy brought the world together in a very special way,” said Lisa Henrique, special events coordinator for the County of Brant.
Evan’s mother, Nicole Wellwood, travelled to India at the invitation of the producers to show her the film.
“It was honestly a wonderful experience and I can’t say enough about the welcome we were given by the city,” Wellwood said of Kolkata.
She was there for two weeks, from May 27 to June 8.
“Uma the movie blew me away and was far passed anything I could of imagined,” she said. “I feel very honoured and blessed. To have Evan and St. George honoured this way is simply incredible.”
Evan’s story was adapted to reflect the culture of India. The film is in both English and Bengali with English subtitles, and is rated PG-13.
To watch the movie trailer, visit Uma.
There will be seating provided at South Dumfries Community Centre on Thursday to watch the movie from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Spectators will also be able to donate to Evan’s Legacy and the Stedman Community Hospice
Directed by Srijit Mukherji, Uma stars Jisshu Sengupta as Himadri and Sara Sengupta as Uma.