Art in Action

Co-presented with the Regent Park Film Festival and York United Black Students’ Alliance
Thu Oct 25 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Nick Mirkopoulos Screening Room, 004 Acolade East

***All events are free and taking place on the York University Keele campus

ART in ACTION depicts stories told in this city that speak to sustaining diasporic communities, confronting profiling and stereotypes, competing interpretations and the erasure of the past. In each short the lens filters through how race, history and representation create the myths that surround us:

Progress – Jeff Tanaka
Stories from the Inner City – Assumptions – Sheena D. Robertson
In Between Stories – Roda Siad
Mighty Jerome – Charles Officer
100 Musicians – Charles Officer

Total running time: 93:04

Facilitator: Hadiyya Mwapachu
Panelists: Jeff Tanaka, Sheena D. Robertson, Roda Siad

Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to bringing high quality independent films to communities throughout Regent Park and beyond. We host an annual festival, taking place Nov 7 -10 this year, and also hold year-round school and community screenings, workshops and discussions at no cost. Admission to the Regent Park Film Festival is free and childcare is available at all programs.

York United Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA) is a non-profit, student-run, Pan-Africanist community service group. The Alliance aims to support the immediate needs and interests of Black students and community members, positioning itself as an advocate and organizer for social and political empowerment and growth.

Progress is a statement that acknowledges the many acts of erasure that sustain and drive one’s existence in this country.

Jeff Tanaka is a student and community organizer. He is currently working with Asian Arts Freedom School.

Stories from the Inner City – Assumptions A digital story using recorded voice and photography, recounts the negative impact of police assumptions on one young black man from Regent Park.

Sheena D. Robertson is a director and photographer. She is in demand as a facilitator, and revels in working in diverse settings. She is particularly interested in providing creative opportunities which access the soul and story of the participants involved – using collaborative techniques to empower the participants, enabling them to access their voice. Much of her artistic work centers on addressing issues of social justice via projects created through her company (

In Between Stories is a short documentary that features four young artists from the African diaspora communities in Toronto, Canada. This film touches on issues including media representations of Africa, experiences of second-generation immigrant youth and the role of storytelling. As they navigate through the different narratives that make up their lives, they share what it means to be a young African in today’s society.

Roda Siad is an emerging filmmaker who is interested in producing socially conscious films that explore the different facets of human nature. She is completing her master’s degree at Ryerson University. In Between Stories is her thesis film.

Charles Officer is Canadian acclaimed filmmaker who has directed the short films When Morning Comes (00), Short Hymn, Silent War (02), 100 Musicians (12), and the feature film Nurse.Fighter.Boy (08).

Mighty Jerome is the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada’s most record-setting track and field star. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the triumphant and compelling story of what Harry Jerome’s own coach called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.”(

100 Musicians A couple quarrels over what they believe they heard on the radio. Is the mayor planning to hire 100 musicians, or is it 100 policemen? Based on the short story “June” by acclaimed Canadian poet and novelist Dionne Brand, the film confronts our civic cynicism and optimism by bringing politics into the bedroom. (

Hadiyya Mwapachu studies film at York. She is Tanzanian and grew up in the city of Dar es Salaam. Her interests are in national cinema, postcolonial cinema and documentary.