From Calgary-based White Iron Pictures, East Meets Western tells a story of volunteerism, commitment and support between two seemingly disparate cultures. With the Calgary Stampede as its backdrop, East Meets Western links festivities within the Calgary Ismaili community with events of the Stampede, revealing remarkable similarities between the two.
“How the local Ismaili community came to be involved with the Calgary Stampede is just part of the story in East Meets Western,” says Jean Merriman, Executive Producer, and Executive Vice President of White Iron Pictures. “Essentially, East Meets Western shows how shared values can overcome cultural barriers, and we are happy to communicate this valuable message to diverse audiences served by OMNI Television.”
Started in 1912, the Calgary Stampede is an important cultural icon; one of Canada’s largest annual events and the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. For 10 days each summer the city of Calgary, Alberta is transformed into a celebration of cowboy culture (rodeo, chuckwagon races, agricultural events and more) as millions of visitors from around the world come to enjoy “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” This year’s Stampede runs July 3-12.