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MDD 2012 Opening Keynote & Film Screening
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings St.)
Friday, November 2, 6:30-11:00PM
Friday, November 2nd, 2012, Media Democracy Days 2012 will host a screening of ‘Words of Witness and a talk by renowned activist and scholar Sunera Thobani on gender, race, and the media at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward's. Doors open at 6:00PM, the address begins at 6:30PM, and the film will commence at 7:45PM. The film will be followed by a Q&A session and MDD Opening Reception Sponsored by Vancity.
Opening Keynote: Sunera Thobani
Sunera Thobani is a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her extensive community work includes serving as the president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), where she was committed to making the politics of anti-racism central to the women’s movement. She regularly speaks on a variety of issues, including the impact of globalization on women’s citizenship, Canadian immigration and social policy, new reproductive technologies, violence against women, and women and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Her current research includes a Hampton Research Grant project, Gender, Globalization and International Conflict: Representation of Women in the Print Media’ and a SSHRC funded project, Television Representations of Women and the War on Terrorism.
Film Screening: Words of Witness [2012 | Documentary | Dir. Mai Iskander | Egypt/U.S.]
Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.