Events this week (Montreal)

Monday Febraury 24th, 7pm

Join Cinema Politica Concordia for the screening of this poignant doc that shines a different light on Haiti through the stories of Haitians themselves. Director Joseph Hillel will be in attendance. This is a special co-presentation with **Haiti Action Montreal.

Joseph Hillel / CA / 2013 / 81 ‘ / French – English – Haitian Creole / S.T. English

Beyond the Haiti that has overcome slavery, become a republic, fought off imperialism, faced natural disasters and sometimes even been the object of humanitarian aid, beyond the Haiti that imposes itself on our spirit, is Ayiti Toma. This documentary presents that other Ayiti, through the stories and commentary of Haitians themselves, aided by economists and historians, anthropologists and humanitarians, voodooists and young survivors in a working-class neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. All of them hope that Haiti’s “magical people” will finally be given the chance to make their unique culture the foundation for their future, creating a true “Ayiti Toma” – that is, the country that is ours, the country of the living.

**Haiti Action Montreal was formed in response to Canada’s role in the violent overthrow of Haiti’s democratically elected government on February 29, 2004. Find out more:

Tuesday February 25th, 7pm

DB Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal

**Join Cinema Politica Concordia and Massimadi Montréal · Festival international des films LGBT afro-caribéens for the Quebec premiere screening of a doc that connects the colonial campaign to instill religious values in Uganda to the disturbing rise in homophobic violence and oppression in that country. This screening is part of Le Mois de l’Histoire des Noirs / Black History Month Montréal.

*Doors open to the public at 6:50.

Roger Ross Williams / US / 2013 / 83 ‘ / English

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.

The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

As an American-influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as ground zero in a battle for billions of souls.

Wednesday, February 26th, 5pm

Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall, 3506 University Street, metro McGill

In honor of Black History Month the Racialized Students Network (RSN) in collaboration with the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS) is hosting a social gathering + panel discussion intended to raise awareness about the ways in which Black community organizers, educators and social workers in Montreal have historically and presently struggled to navigate multiple institutions while striving to empower their communities to fight for change. Our invited guests/panelists have contributed to improving social policy, education, and social services within Montreal Black communities. The panel will include Leith Hamilton (project manager of Strengthening Black Families Montreal), Frances Waithe (executive director of DESTA Black Youth Network), Rosalind Hampton (PhD candidate at the Department of Integrated Studies and Education) and MSW graduate David Archer.

A light meal will be served at 5:00 PM, followed by the panel presentation at 6:30pm. Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month at the School of Social Work. Childcare will be provided.

Wednesday 7:00 pm

Documentary film followed by discussion: TABOO YARDIES

Documentaire:Taboo Yardies en Anglais: Suivi d’une discussion et échange . $9

3575 av. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P9

(English bellow)

La voix de ceux qui osent se battre pour des droits humains.
Ce n’est pas illégal d’être gay en Jamaïque mais une sanction juridique serait le dernier des soucis. La société jamaïcaine est profondément et funestement homo¬phobe. L’incriminante vérité sur le mode de vie des personnes LGBT dans de telles conditions a été filmée sur l’île même. D’incroyables histoires de violence et une vie dans une peur constante rendent le visionnement quelquefois difficile. L’idée (concept) de Taboo…Yardies est d’explorer la perception de la Jamaïque comme une ile saturée par l’homophobie et l’homo-intolérance, en offrant aux jamaïcains qui sont pour, contre ou qui ont une opinion quelconque sur ce sujet grandement controversé, de partager leurs propres réalités. Aussi, le Taboo…Yardies permet aux Jamaïcains qui osent le faire de parler ouvertement à propos de l’intolérance et de la violence contre les lesbiennes, gays, bisexuels et transgenres, surtout que cela se rattache aux droits humains de tout individu. Nous espérons donner aux spectateurs l’opportunité de décider eux–mêmes si l’image de la Jamaïque comme culture homophobe et homo-intolérante est véridique ou non.
Voices of Those Who Dare to Stand Up for Human Rights.
It’s not illegal to be gay in Jamaica but legal sanction is the least of your worries. Ja¬maican society is profoundly and murderously homophobic. This utterly compelling account of how ordinary LGBT people exist under these conditions was filmed on the island itself. Extraordinary stories of violence and the constant living in fear make for sometimes uncomfortable viewing.
The concept of Taboo…Yardies is to explore the perception of Jamaica as an Island that is saturated with homophobia/homo-intolerant by providing Jamaicans who are pro, con and everywhere in between this highly controversial issue an opportunity to share their own realities. Additionally, the Taboo… Yardies gives a voice to those Jamaicans who dare to speak up and out about the intolerance and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, particularly as it pertains to an individual’s human rights. We hope to give viewers an opportunity to decide for themselves whether to view Jamaica as a homophobic/homo-intolerant culture is perception or reality.

Thursday, February 27th, 6:30pm

A speaker series presented by the Centre for Gender Advocacy

Concordia University, 1515 Ste. Catherine West, EV 1.615
Will Prosper on Racial profiling and criminalization of Montreal youth

What are the effects of racial profiling on the racialized community and who benefits from the term “gang de rue” or street gangs? Are we criminalizing our youth? And if so what is the impact of such a culture of discrimination amongst racialized citizens in Quebec.

Will Prosper is the founder and spokesman for Montreal-North Republik, a citizen’s group that is focused on eliminating inequality and racial discrimination. A former police officer, Prosper is a well-known voice against police violence and racial profiling in Montreal. Along with his social activist roles, Prosper is also a documentary film maker and radio personality.

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