Date: May 22 to November 27, 2011
Location: W2 Community Media Arts
W2′s Vancouver 125 Redress Series challenges the readiness of Vancouver to live with cultural harmony when for decades systemic barriers to citizenship have barred immigrants from calling Vancouver home. The program kicked off with the Komagata Maru anniversary in May, continues with A Time for Change (Woodward’s Atrium, June 17 – July 1), a photographic record of South Asian migrant farmworkers who pick our food but do not have equal rights to working conditions. Later this year W2 presents artists working on Japanese internment issues, and presents First Nations filmmakers during the November Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival.
Upcoming Redress Event
Saturday, Nov 12, 2pm | W2 Media Cafe – 111 W Hastings | By Donation
Vancouver 125 Panel & Screenings: Loretta Todd on NDN portrayal in mainstream media and representation throughout Vancouver’s 125 years. This event is part of the W2 Vancouver 125 Redress Series with short films screening: Siwash Rock, Dead Ground, The Last Family, Encroaching Vancouver, Oppenheimer Park and A Proud Lineage.
Earlier this year, at the VIMAF Kickstarter event, W2 and VIMAF screened Reel Injun examining how Indigenous People’s of Turtle Island are portrayed by Hollywood, now with this event, we go hyperlocal on the West Coast on the Unceded Coast Salish Peoples’ Territories.
W2′s mandate includes crosscultural dialogue and redress and therefore the W2/VIMAF rebuild a West Coast indigenous media arts festival, and this panel discussion specifically, is an appropriate use of funding from the City’s 125 grants program. W2 Board member, Sid Tan, a veteran of the Chinese Head Tax Redress movement and a community TV activist will join the discussion. Loretta Todd (Metis/Cree) is an award-winning director, writer and producer. She is a commanding presence known for her powerful, visual storytelling, the highest production standards and professional demeanor.
With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.