Ravida Din: Art, Social Objectives, and Meaning | 1:00pm–2:15pm
Our stories are bound to the circumstances and contexts unique to each location and cultural frame. The ethics of representation, intervention, and interaction necessitate a new grammar that recognizes storytelling as a profoundly political act. Ravida Din will explore why it matters who makes it and the power of storytelling as a transformational force.
Ravida Din is the Director General of the National Film Board of Canada’s English Program. As an executive producer and producer, Din has worked on notable titles such as Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada (Karen Cho), Payback (Jennifer Baichwal), and Up the Yangtze (Yung Chang), in co-production with EyeSteelFilm. Earlier in her career, Din also worked as a project manager for the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education and as the Executive Director of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women.
Master Class with Ramona Diaz | 2:45pm–4:00pm
Celebrated filmmaker Ramona Diaz, director of documentaries Imelda, The Learning, and Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey talks about her experiences drawing out the best human stories from anyone, including former first ladies, teachers, and high-profile rockers. See Diaz’s bio here
Moderated by filmmaker Romeo Candido (Prison Dancer, Ang Pamana, Lolo’s Child)