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DISCUSSION PANELS

 

A SERIES OF PANELS THAT WORK TO EXPLORE THE THEMES OF OUR FILMS BEYOND THE LENS OF FILMMAKING. 

These panels take a deeper look at indigenous issues and climate action, race theory, black history and education in Canada, and queerness and religion.

 

With Wonder & Emergence:
Out of The Shadows
Queer, Religion, and Culture

A discussion on the intricacies and intersections between religion, culture, and queerness. This discussion will examine the role both religion and culture play when discussing queerness. Queer indviduals are often expected to choose between their religious beliefs and cultural communities or their queerness. 

MODERATOR

Nam Kiwanuka
TV Personality
Journalist
TVO

PANELISTS

Sharon Lewis
Filmmaker
With Wonder

Alex Sangha
Producer
Emergence

 

Lama Sami
Queer Muslim Activist

Vinay Giridhar
Filmmaker
Emergence

In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland
The Past and Future of Afghan Women and Afghanistan

As recent events in Afghanistan unfold, it more important than ever to hear the voices of those directly affected. This conversation will explore what the future holds for Afghan women and journalism in now Taliban controlled Afghanistan. It will examine how the promise of liberation through imperialism impacted Afghanistan, and what the after effects may look like. This conversation will be paying close attention to ideals of feminism, what it means for Afghan women, and whether or not the promises of feminist liberation were fulfilled.

MODERATOR

Tahmina Aziz
Multimedia Journalist
CHEK News

PANELISTS

Brikshay Ahmed
Filmmaker

Shogofa Ediqi
Journalist

 

Khaleda Rasheed
Journalist

Anonymous
Journalist

Freshtha Mahboby
Journalist

Fereydoon Rehmani
Professor/Expert

Reza Sameni
Translator

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story & African Redemption & From Patrice to Lumumba
Black History in Canadian Education

Oftentimes Canada is believed to be the antithesis of the United States, and a safe haven to which many Black people fled to escape persecution in the United States. However, Canada’s role in perpetuating the same cycles of oppression is seldom discussed. This discussion strives to uncover the blind spot in the Canadian education system, in regards to Black history and how the country has been continuously reluctant to teach Black history in schools. The talk will explore the ways in which Canada can work to improve on a systemic basis, and how the education system must be amended to include a deeper understanding of Black history, while working toward tangible means of progress.

MODERATOR

Rosemary Sadlier
President of Ontario Black
History Society

PANELISTS

Patrick Kabeya
Director
Patrice to Lumumba

Roy T. Anderson
Director
African Redemption


 

Preston Chase
Filmmaker
Mr. Emancipation

 

Andrea Davis
Professor/Expert

Rosy Douge-Charles
Professor/Expert

ECHOES & Comb Sister
Mixed Medium Films

A look into understanding mixed medium films and how they are used in storytelling. This conversation will examine how different mediums are used and successfully executed.

MODERATOR

Samah Ali
Programmer

PANELISTS

Andrew Seok
Director
Echoes

Atefeh Khademolreza
Director
Comb Sister


 

Jeff Madden
Actor
Echoes

 

Raghed Charabaty
Filmmaker

 

Taien Ng-Chan
Expert
YorkU AMPD

 

Sin La Habana
The Illusion of Progress

 

This discussion will work to explore the nuances within marginalization. Often we speak about progression without understanding the full extent of what we might be leaving out. This conversation will look at how factors such as class must further inform our understanding of anti-racism. It will also look at the ways in which different immigrant experiences differ, and the ways in which race and class play a role. This discussion will further explore how different forms of oppression and racism exist within already marginalized communities and how we must work to dismantle them.

MODERATOR

Samah Ali
Programmer

PANELISTS

Kaveh Nabatian
Filmmaker

Rosy Douge-Charles
Professor/Expert

Pablo Herrera
Co-Writer

DƏNE YI'INJETL | The Scattering of Man
Indigenous Sovereignty and Climate Action

A conversation examining environmental racism and indigenous sovereignty, with close attention on the importance of preserving land and the environment. With promises of tackling climate change, how has the Canadian government continued to fuel it, while Indigenous communities pay the highest price? The conversation will centre on the importance of decolonization, and indigenous sovereignty as a core tenet on the path to climate justice.

MODERATOR

Victoria Anderson-Gardner
Filmmaker

PANELISTS

Luke Gleeson
Director
DƏNE YI'INJETL | The Scattering of Man

Courtney Skye
Activist
Protect The Tract
Policy Development Expert

 

Angele Alook
Assistant Professor
York University

 

A Brief Record of My Father's Time at Sea
Preserving Memory and Culture

This discussion will centre around the importance of preserving one’s cultural identity and familiar roots. It will explore the journey of immigration, and its effects on familial relationships. This talk will further work to explore the ways in which rediscovered memories and traditions can be used to connect back to cultural and traditional roots, and reconnect with family.

MODERATOR

Andrew Chung
Filmmaker

PANELISTS

Jeanette Kong
Filmmaker
A Brief Record of My Father's Time at Sea

Linda Dunlop
Writer, Editor and Producer

Gavenesh Patel
Motion Graphics Editor

La Fortaleza & 8:37 REBIRTH
Cinematography and Message

The visuals of a film are one the key facets that support its storytelling goals. In this discussion, the importance of cinematography and how it is used to further the story will be explored. The talk will look at how these films successfully used visual storytelling to create a more immersive experience. It will further explore the technical aspects of cinematography and the ways in which these films achieved their final visuals and how this was used to convey its message.

MODERATOR

Radheyan Simonpillai
Film Critic, Culture Editor and Pop Culture Columnist
Bell Media

PANELISTS

Jorge Thielen Armand
Director
La Fortaleza

Juanita Peters
Director
8:37 REBIRTH


 

Rodrigo Michelangeli
Cinematographer
La Fortaleza

 

Feature Q&A:
Emergence: Out of The Shadows

Meet the makers of the feature film,
Emergence: Out of the Shadows.

MODERATOR

Pahull Bains
Programmer

PANELISTS

Alex Sangha
Producer


 

Vinay Giridhar
Filmmaker

 

Feature Q&A:
With Wonder

Meet the makers of the feature film,
With Wonder.

MODERATOR

Aisha Evelyna
Programmer

PANELIST

Sharon Lewis
Filmmaker


 

Feature Q&A:
Sin La Habana

Meet the makers of the feature film, Sin La Habana.

MODERATOR

Aisha Evelyna
Programmer

PANELIST

Kaveh Nabatian
Filmmaker



 

Feature Q&A:
Pink Lake

Meet the makers of the feature film, Pink Lake.

MODERATOR

Reza Sameni
Programmer

PANELISTS

Emily Gan
Director

Daniel Schraeter
Producer



 

Marie Marguerite Sabongui
Actor

 

Feature Q&A:
Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story

Meet the makers of the feature film,
Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story.

MODERATOR

Reza Sameni
Programmer

PANELIST

Preston Chase
Filmmaker



 

Feature Q&A:
African Redemption: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

Meet the makers of the feature film,
African Redemption: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

MODERATOR

Safia Abdigir
Programmer

PANELIST

Roy T. Anderson
Filmmaker



 

Feature Q&A:
DƏNE YI'INJETL | The Scattering of Man

Meet the makers of the feature film,
DƏNE YI'INJETL | The Scattering of Man.

MODERATOR

Marina Hanna
Programmer

PANELIST

Luke Gleeson
Filmmaker

Feature Q&A:
A Brief Record of My Father's
Time at Sea

Meet the makers of the feature film,

A Brief Record of My Father's Time at Sea.

MODERATOR

Marina Hanna
Programmer

PANELIST

Jeanette Kong
Filmmaker



 

Feature Q&A:
In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland

Meet the makers of the feature film,
In The Rumbling Belly of The Motherland.

MODERATOR

Reza Sameni
Programmer

PANELIST

Brikshay Ahmed
Filmmaker



 

Feature Q&A:
From Patrice to Lamumba

Meet the makers of the feature film,
From Patrice to Lamumba

MODERATOR

Safia Abdigir
Programmer

PANELIST

Patrick Kabeya
Filmmaker


 

Feature Q&A:
Echoes

Meet the makers of the feature film, Echoes

MODERATOR

Reza Sameni Programmer

PANELIST

Andrew Seok
Filmmaker



 

Feature Q&A:
La Fortaleza

Meet the makers of the feature film, La Fortaleza.

MODERATOR

Aisha Evelyna
Programmer