Carving Coming

Co-presented with the Centre for Women & Trans People at York University
Thu Oct 25 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
013 Acolade East

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

CARVING COMING consists a series of queer films that looks at the complexity of constructing identity within multiple spaces. The shorts both challenge and celebrate notions of being queer. Together they meditate on inclusivity and intersectionality:

What I Love About Being Queer – Vivek Shraya
Thick Lips Thin Lips – Paul Lee
Gentrification Celebration – Juli Rivera
How To Stop A Revolution – Kenji Tokawa
Leftovers – Janine Fung

Total running time: 49:30

Facilitator: Michelle L. Pettis
Panelists: Vivek Shraya, Asam Ahmad, Juli Rivera

The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University is a student-funded, collectively run, volunteer-driven organization at York University. The centre a progressive, pro-choice, anti-racist, queer-positive, trans-positive, feminist organization.

What I Love About Being Queer 34 beautiful queers. One big question.

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature and film. Vivek also creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures about writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia, and currently facilitates the Supporting Our Youth Pink Ink writing program for queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and questioning youth writers.

Thick Lips Thin Lips A musical experimental film about racist and homophobic violence.

Paul Lee has organized, programmed and curated film festivals all over the world since 1991. In addition to his programming activities, Paul also specializes in producing films for first-time filmmakers, and in producing international co-productions, women’s films, Asian films, human rights/social justice educational films, environmental films, and LGBT films.

Gentrification Celebration is Juli Rivera’s 3rd short film and deals with the current gentrification in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The film is a dialogue in which the filmmaker is both an object and a becoming subject by filming their experience as a resident of this area.

Juli Rivera is an Afro-German trans filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin and Toronto. They are an activist in the Black community in Germany as well as a photographer.

How To Stop A Revolution A relationship breaks under the strain of racism and homophobia. How do we internalize oppression and counter our own revolutions?

Kenji Tokawa came to Canada from Ireland, Denmark and Japan over 100 years ago. He is a Nikkei artist, writer and arts-educator based in Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg territory (aka Toronto). Catch up with him at

Leftovers Janine Fung’s wild narration about misunderstandings in her traditional Chinese family plays over images of her mother carving turkey.

Janine Fung was born in Trinidad, grew up in Toronto and studied film at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her short films 4AM (2011) and Leftovers (1994) had their World Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fung’s films have been critically acclaimed and internationally screened all over the world.

Michelle L. Pettis (a York alumni) always calls for more art! And more activism! So they’re thrilled that the two go beautifully together. Since its inception in 2008, they’ve been the Co-Coordinator of the Trans Film Screening Series, alongside claro cosco. They’re also the founder of the Trans Film Library – and hopes the doors open soon. More art/activism!

Asam Ahmad is a writer, community organizer and facilitator.