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SFU Vancouver Events: June 7-14, 2013

posted on 9:20 AM, June 6, 2013

The following is a look ahead at select upcoming events held at SFU Vancouver, for the week of June 7-14. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Saturday, June 8
School of Communication 40th Anniversary Conference Keynote: From Idle No More to Indigenous Nationhood

Time: 7-9pm
Place: Rm. 1300-1500, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free, register for the waitlist online

Keynote Speaker Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, Professor of Indigenous Governance at UVIC. Idle No More has attracted much attention and drawn many previously disengaged people into the realm of politics. But how much do people really understand it?

This free public lecture and keynote speech is part of the international conference and summer school in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the School of Communication.

Tuesday, June 11
Shabana Azmi: Sex and Sensibility

Time: 7pm
Place: Rm. 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Cost: $10 online

An icon of Indian cinema, with more than thirty years on stage and screen, and described by Gurinder Chadha as the ‘Indian Meryl Streep,’ Shabana Azmi has utilized her stardom as a catalyst to become a fierce advocate for the rights of women, minorities, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Azmi, who is receiving an honourary degree from SFU on June 12, will speak about her life and work in cinema and activism, focusing on the attitudes towards women on screen and in society, a discussion of particular relevance due to the current political climate in India.

Azmi will be joined on stage by Indian producer Sanjoy Roy, the managing director of Teamwork Films, and a recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Film. Roy is also a winner of the IDPA Award for Best Documentary and Best Director for the film Shahjahanabad.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

‘We Were Children’ screening

Time: 7pm
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.
Cost: Free

The legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools is dramatically conveyed through the experiences of Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod. As young children, Lyna and Glen were  two  of more  than 150,000  Native youth forced  to  undergo  cultural  and religious assimilation in  church-run  institutions,  where  they  endured  physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Director Tim Wolochatiuk captures the lost innocence and  tragic  results  of  this wayward  attempt  to  “kill  the  Indian  in  the  child”  and assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.

We Were Children deftly blends heart-wrenching  documentary  accounts from  the now adult Lyna  and Glen with dramatic  storytelling  to reveal  the  personal  impact  of  a  national  tragedy.  Co-produced  by  Eagle  Vision  Inc.,  eOne Television  and  the  National  Film Board of Canada.

The film contains very strong content, and we do not recommend it for anyone 16 years, and under. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ‘debrief’ after watching the film to share their own stories, or feelings about the film. Healers from the Residential Schools Survivors Society will be in attendance to lead this discussion.