Bollywood icon Shabana Azmi speaks at SFU Vancouver
An icon of Indian cinema and an internationally recognized humanitarian, legendary actress Shabana Azmi will speak about her life and work, focusing on the attitudes towards women on screen and in society, with Sex and Sensibility on June 11, as part of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series.
The discussion, presented by SFU Public Square in partnership with the Indian Summer Festival, is of particular relevance due to the current political climate in India. Azmi will be joined in conversation by Sanjoy Roy, managing director of Teamwork Films, and following their discussion the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session.
Azmi, who is receiving a honourary degree from SFU on June 12, is a five-time winner of the National Award For Best Actress. Her incredibly body of social justice work includes her appointment as the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador on Population and Development and membership in the National AIDS Commission of India.
This commitment to social justice and activism resulted in Azmi receiving the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award for her poverty and human rights work, the International Human Rights Award (France), and the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum alongside Muhammad Ali, Michael Douglas and Gilberto Gil.