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Mom and Me: documentary film screening and panel discussion (9 mars) & Screening Trauma: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Representation (11 mars)


Mercredi 9 mars 2016
12h00 à 14h00

Veuillez noter que cet atelier sera donné en anglais.

Avec Lena MacDonald, réalisatrice, et Dr. Lilia Topouzova, SSHRC chercheure postdoctorale au CHORN, Concordia

Suivi de l'atelier Screening Trauma: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Representation le 11 mars de 12h00 à 14h00 (Cliquez ici pour voir la page de l'événement)

Mom and Me is a deeply personal film, which took 15 years to make. It follows the complicated relationship between director Lena Macdonald and her mother, who was once a filmmaker herself, but ended up homeless, crack-addicted and on the streets. For ten years Lena filmed in Toronto’s inner city and her story is complicated and honest. The film is about addiction, prostitution and despair but it is also a story about family, the power of hope and the tenacity of love.

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Le film sera suivi d'une discussion avec la réalisatrice Lena Macdonald et le Dr. Lilia Topouzova.

Lena Macdonald is a writer, director and producer. She has a post-graduate degree in Advanced Film and Television from Sheridan College. She has produced drama, documentary, agitprop and live theatre. Notably The Greatest Team That Never Won, part of TSN’s Engraved On A Nation, which won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Series, and a production of Hugh Garners Cabbagetown which she co-directed with Michael Ondaatje and Paul Thompson. She is the Managing Director of Writing Women, a female focused screenplay development series. Lena Macdonald’s most recent film, Mom and Me premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Films Festival and received accolades from film critics and the press.

Dr. Lilia Topouzova is a historian and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose interdisciplinary practice addresses the representation of trauma and forms of remembrances across different historical and contemporary settings. She is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University. She is the writer of the critically acclaimed documentary “The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories,” a film on the history and memory of the Bulgarian gulag, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2007. She is currently in pre-production of her third film, “Anaanaga: My Mother,” supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Art Council. 

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