Art in Action

Wednesday October 29, 2014 7pm
York Woods Library 1785 Finch Ave W
TRT: 53:38 min. plus panel

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Route to Love – Fonna Seidu
(2014, 3:13)

Fonna (pronounced “Phone-ah”) is reflecting back on her high school career. She talks about issues around mental health (specifically depression and anxiety) and self-harm. This story explores creative avenues, such as music and visual art, taken for personal growth and healing.

Fonna Seidu is a queer-identified Black-Filipin@ photographer and community artist. She finds power in creative collaboration, (un)learning information, and documenting the progressive transformations of marginalized communities. In her free time she likes to attend workshops, practice various forms of self-care, and read politically charged conversations online.

My Father, Francis – Casey Mecija
(2013, 11:38)

My Father, Francis: a father and daughter collaborate. A comment on kinship, diasporic labour, devotion and the factory as a site of creativity.

Casey Mecija is a Toronto-bred Filipino musician, artist & community organizer. Her artistic practice is interdisciplinary. My Father, Francis is her first film.

The Underground – Michelle Latimer
(2014, 13:00)

Inspired by the bestselling novel written by Rawi Hage, The Underground is a visceral portrayal of an Iranian man’s struggle to fit into western culture as he battles past demons. Araz has fought to escape the war zone once he once called home. Destined for a fresh start, he arrives in Canada to find that North American life is not what he had dreamed. In a struggle to overcome poverty and isolation, Araz turns inward in hopes of experiencing the life that eludes him.

Michelle Latimer is an actor, filmmaker and curator. Her award-winning documentary ALIAS premiered at the 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival before screening internationally. Michelle is currently starring in the critically acclaimed television series Blackstone and appears as an industry judge on CBC’s Short Film Face Off. In 2013, she was name among Playback’s 10 To Watch.

The Edible Indian – Cass Gardiner
(2013, 19:00)

The Edible Indian is a short glimpse into the long history of food and its role on indigenous identity. The memories, traditions, and spirituality of three First nations chefs are interwoven into their favorite foods as they cook, painting a rich picture of First Nations people today and where we’re headed.  

Cass Gardiner is an Algonquin filmmaker/photographer/Cash Cab winner. Gardiner’s documentary work emphasizes traditional oral history, and seeks to tell the stories of characters on the cultural periphery. She holds a BAH in Film and Native American Studies from NYU and an MFA in Documentary Film.

Yellow Fever – Ng’endo Mukii
(2012, 6:47)

Yellow Fever focuses on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe our almost schizophrenic pursuit of globalized beauty.

Ng’endo works internationally as a freelance animator and editor. She can be found armed with a pressure sensitive stylus, and a macro lens. She spends her time between Nairobi and Tsavo, animating little children, photographing dung beetles, and running away from scorpions.

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