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
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
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
Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.
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.