documentary film festival presents:
Sunday, March 11th
Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
604.646.3200 or www.ticketstonight.ca
A powerful portrait that puts a human face on a national tragedy; Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh illustrates the deep historical and social factors that contribute to violence against Aboriginal women.
Followed by a conversation with:
Fay Blaney Aboriginal feminist
Dara Culhane (moderator) writer, professor
Marlene George community activist
Mary Lynn Young journalism professor, media analyst
Christine Welsh documentary filmmaker
Sponsored by: Status of Woman Canada
In collaboration with: the National Film Board of Canada and UBC Museum of Anthropology
Finding Dawn Discussion Participants:
Fay Blaney is an Aboriginal feminist from Xwemalhkwu First Nation of the Coast Salish Peoples. She is deeply committed to ending violence against Aboriginal women, which stems from sexism, colonization and many other forms of discrimination.
Dara Culhane (moderator)has lived much of her life in Vancouver, where she teaches urban ethnography at Simon Fraser University. She is co-editor, with Leslie Robertson, of In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, winner of the 2006 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.
Marlene George works with seniors, women and Aboriginal people at the Carnegie Community Centre Association as a community services programmer. She has been one of the organizers of the February 14th Women’s Memorial March for the past 10 years and serves on the Board of Directors at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
Mary Lynn Youngis an assistant professor at the UBC graduate School of Journalism and a former national columnist for The Globe and Mail. Dr. Young’s research interests include media representations of crime and the economy, gender issues and media credibility. She is currently running the Feminist Media Project, which is an attempt to intervene in mainstream media depictions of the Missing Women case in Vancouver.
Christine Welsh has been producing and directing films for more than twenty-five years and is known for her strong commitment to documenting the experience of Native women in Canada. Christine’s award-winning films include Women in the Shadows (1991), Keepers of the Fire (1994), and Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle (1997). Her films have been screened on television and at film festivals around the world.
Partial proceeds will go towards Sewing the Earth: The DTES Women’s Memorial project.
Presented by DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Festival Dates: May 22-27, 2007