Film Screenings

The Global Labour Speaker Series is pleased to host the film screening and discussion: Rethabile’s Story: Decent Work Regulation in Africa | November 20, 2019 | 519 KT 2:30-4:00pm

Dr. Kelly Pike, Assistant Professor, School of Human Resource Management
Dr. Nathanael Ojong, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science
Dr. Luann Good Gingrich, GLRC Director

Wednesday, November 20th
Kaneff Tower 519, York University

In the garment factories of Maseru, Lesotho, workers make clothes to be sold in the United States and South Africa. What is day-to-day life like in the factories? Let ex-factory worker Rethabile take you to the places she used to work, meet her friends, and describe her role in the Decent Work Regulation project. This is Rethabile’s Story, followed by a discussion led by York University Assistant Professor Kelly Pike on the challenges for regulating labour standards in global supply chains.

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Kelly Pike is Assistant Professor at York University. She earned her PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her current research she examines the relationship between multi-stakeholder initiatives and compliance with labour standards, with particular interest in the role of industrial relations – trade unions, worker-management committees, and other forums for activating worker voice. Kelly is currently a major research partner on the project Decent Work Regulation in Africa, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, in partnership with colleagues in the UK and South Africa. A central aim of the project is to establish a regional network of researchers and policy-makers who have an interest in effect labour regulation. She also works part-time as a consultant for the International Labour Office, having recently completed an evaluation of their program on Workplace Cooperation, piloted in collaboration with Gap Inc.

Nathanael Ojong is Assistant Professor of International Development Studies in the Department of Social Science. He holds an MA in Development Management (London) and Ph.D. in Development Studies (Geneva). He is interested more broadly in questions related to the livelihood dynamics of marginalized groups of people in sub-Saharan Africa. His forthcoming book, ‘The Everyday Life of the Poor in Cameroon’ (with Routledge), examines how low-income populations use social networks to meet their everyday needs. He has also worked with institutions such as the World Bank and International Labor Organization on issues such as social finance and women entrepreneurship.

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The Global Labour Speaker Series is organized by the Global Labour Research Centre at York University and is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Department of Equity Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Social and Political Thought Program, Department of Philosophy, Department of History, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program, Department of Politics, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Department of Social Science.

Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Gender, Economic Inequality and Human Rights in South Korean Film | Thursday, 14 November 2019 | 11:30am to 2:30pm

Room 007, Accolade East Building | York University

York welcomes Director Shin Su-won to screen her film Madonna (2015), which was premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. A conversation with Shin will follow.

Shin Su-won is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. She wrote and directed Passerby #3 (2010), Circle Line (2012), Pluto (2013), Madonna (2015), and Glass Garden (2017). Her films are highly recommended for the innovative cinematography, the astonishingly creative narrative structure, and the politically charged messages on human rights, economic inequality, and gender issues.

All are welcome.

This event is organized by Hong Kal (Visual Art & Art History) and presented with support from the Faculty and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and the York Centre for Asian Research, in association with the Korean Office for Research and Education.

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CARE Canada special screening: "Inside my Heart", a film by Debra Kellner, Thursday, June 20 at 5:30pm

Produced by Frank Giustra, Serge Lalou and Richard Copans

Inside My Heart chronicles the lives of three families who were forced to flee Syria and Afghanistan at the peak of the refugee and migrant crisis in 2015. In the wake of witnessing unthinkable atrocities and having the lives they've known wrested away, these mothers, fathers, sons and daughters exhibit remarkable resilience as they fight for survival.

The fly-on-the-wall approach to filming reveals the immense emotional anguish of the families as they undertake their journeys to find safety and new homes over the course of three years. They travel through countries where they do not speak the language, where their welcome is conditional, and the rules and policies are ever-changing. In bearing witness to their stories, the global refugee crisis shifts from a set of statistics about distant places to a very human struggle for survival. Any of the people featured in the film could be any one of us.

Please join us on World Refugee Day on June 20th in Toronto for a special screening of Inside My Heart, which will be attended by CARE Canada's President & CEO, Gillian Barth, and will feature light refreshments.

5:30pm Coctail Reception | 6:30pm Screening

Tickets $15
Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema
Toronto, Ontario

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The first 10 students get a free ticket! Please send your name to Michele Millard at and you'll be given instructions on where to pick it up.

Come Celebrate
Queer Ontario’s 10th Anniversary

With a film screening of
QueerEdge: From Gay to Queer Liberation (2019)
7:00 – 11:00 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Tranzac Club is located a short walk from Bathurst subway station.
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Accessibility: Fully accessible space, no stairs, gender inclusive washrooms.
For Closed Captioning (CC), Direct Voice (DV), and ASL interpretation, please contact Brian at by April 20th.

Introduced by film director Dr. Nick Mulé

This feature documentary links the principles and tenets of gay liberation in the Stonewall era to today’s queer liberation movements. The interviews, spanning historical and contemporary LGBTQ issues, reveal internal politics, provide a critical analysis of the mainstreaming effects of the LGBT equality movements vs. the progressive, sex-positive views of the queer liberation movements, exposing an internal divide between those who are content with equality and those who continue to fight for liberation.
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Followed by a talkback and Q&A panel discussing “Gay Liberation Then, Queer Liberation Now”

Refreshments, snacks and beverages including cash bar.

Annual Leonard Wolinsky Lectures on Jewish Life and Education on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 1:30pm. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolades East Building, York University

The Wolinsky Lectures this year will be dedicated to the Hungarian film "1945".  One of the most important Jewish movies of recent years, "1945" looks at the effect of the return of two Jews to their hometown in Hungary following the Holocaust has on the non-Jewish population. Secrets are revealed, and lives are forever changed.

The movie will be introduced by Peter Reich, one of its producers.  Following a viewing of the film, Mr. Reich will be joining a panel of experts to debate it and engage with the audience in a discussion of "1945."

You will not want to miss this fascinating program!

With best regards,

Prof. Carl S. Ehrlich
Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies

Ati-Atihan Lives + Dancing Manilenyos: Dance, Ethnography and Documentary
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 |7pm | Nat Taylor Cinema, Room 102, North Ross Building | Keele Campus

In Conversation with filmmaker/dance professor Patrick Alcedo. A program of his ethnographic documentaries that together spotlight the indigeneity of Philippines culture through their exploration of identity and how the versatile and magical art of dance can share it. Featuring Ati-Atihan Lives (55 minutes), an intimate and absorbing document of the religious celebration of Ati-Atihan, its festivities, and its participants; and Dancing Manilenyos (20 minutes), an award-winning testament to the uplifting power of a ballet among disenfranchised Filipino youth.

Presented by York Cinema and Media Arts, Department of Dance, York Centre for Asian Research, and Nat Taylor Tuesdays.

“A Piece of Paradise”: Film Screening Followed by a Q&A with Director and Cast
Monday, 25 February 2019 | 2:30 to 4:30pm | Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University | Film by Dr. Patrick Alcedo (Department of Dance)

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Accessibility: Accessible space. Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom nearby. Coffee and tea provided. Everyone welcome.
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*Jury Awards–National Bank Best First Feature Film and Centennial Best Canadian Film, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2017

Canada is a nation of immigrants, and it comes as no surprise that many Canadians share more than one homeland. For many Filipinos, family members living and working overseas is commonplace, and yet the strain of being apart is never easy. When your heart is torn between two places you love, how do you find your piece of paradise?
The film captures the everyday life of Norlyn, Em-Em, and Betsy as they navigate living and working in Toronto while dreaming of the day they can visit the Philippines again. Their struggles are real but the women are resilient, knowing that their faith, community and especially their sense of humor will help them through the challenges.

CAST: Norlyn, Em-Em, Betsy, Darrell, Bimboy
PRODUCTION: WRITER-DIRECTOR Patrick Alcedo PRODUCER Patrick Alcedo CINEMATOGRAPHY Fruto Corre MUSIC Peter Alcedo, Jr. EDITING Phoebe Sequino

Presented by: Centre for Feminist Research and co-sponsored by: The Department of Dance, the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), and York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies | Film: The Accountant of Auschwitz in the presence of the film's director Matthew Shoychet |February 5, 2019 6:30PM | Nat Taylor Cinema | York University

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Film: The Forgotten | Nov 24 | 3:30 PM
Revue Cinema
ONE time screening
Limited seats - get your ticket ASAP


The Forgotten documentary targets the Eritrean refugee crisis. It tells the story of her under-cover journey into the hostile, poverty-stricken Eritrean refugee camps in Sudan. Many boys and girls are fleeing Eritrea due to its oppressive regime and the change of military service from a two-year term to an indefinite term. As a result, they are living in inhumane refugee camps that are lacking basic human needs. The purpose of The Forgotten is to raise awareness and to encourage others to help us improve the camps in the areas of nutrition, clean water, health and education for all, especially the children and women.

Previously sold out - THE FORGOTTEN is coming to Toronto for a ONE time screening on November 24, 2018!!!!! Limited seats, get your ticket ASAP!

Address: Revue Cinema | 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON

3:30 PM - Doors Open | Doors close at 4:00 PM sharp.

Film Screening India Untouched-Stories of a People Apart followed by a Discussion
November 22, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
280N York Lanes | 2nd Floor
Snacks and Refreshments provided

This documentary takes a comprehensive look at the “untouchables” in India. While the media projects a positive image of a democratic India, filmmaker Stalin K spends four years traveling the country to expose the continued oppression of the Dalits, “the broken people,” in a wide variety of communities, including Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims.

This event is presented by the YUGSA and ACE (Accessibility Community and Equity) with support from the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

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4th Syrian Film Festival
November 9 to 11, 2018
Jackman Hall, AGO

Five compelling documentaries shape SYFF for this year.  Engage yourself in movies
about struggle, resilience and triumph.  Visual stories about art in the midst of carnage.. resilience in the face of war and destruction.

SlLENT WAR The film shows how he rape of women inside the Syrian regime prisons becomes primarily an attack on the well-being of the victim, secondly an attack on her family and her culture.  The film's courageous subjects leave the viewer with a deeper understanding of the consequences of this devastating crime against humanity.

TASTE OF CEMENT This film's elaborate sound design, strong use of visual metaphor and striking but sparse voice-over works together to ruminate on the impulses of humans to build and destroy.

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A Film Screening and Talk with Director Abraham Ravett
Holding Hands with Ilse
November 5, 2018
5:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower, York University

All are invited to a special screening of the the film Holding Hands with Ilse in the presence of the director, Prof. Abraham Ravett.
Holding Hands With Ilse is Abraham Ravett’s documentary film about the search for the German teenage girl who took care of the filmmaker between 1948-1950 in Wałbrzych, Poland, where he was born. Knowing only her first name and circulating a small photograph taken in 1950 of the two, the director explores the urban landscapes of western Poland and the journey involved in their unexpected reunion that recently took place in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

The screening and talk with Prof. Ravett will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5pm in 519 Kaneff Tower, York University.

The screening is part of the 38th Annual Neuberger Holocaust Education Week.

Light kosher refreshments.  Complimentary parking at the York Lanes Parking Garage.

The Centre for Feminist Research Presents:
I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts
October 25, 2018
3:00-5:00 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross North 102) York University RSVP to: (attendance purposes only)

Welcome by Dr. Eve Haque.  Film Screening and Q&A with cast of the film and director Yusuf Zine.

FREE EVENT. Open to all. Accessible entrances to Ross: Student Centre South + Vari Hall South entrances. Accessible and gender-neutral washroom on Vari Hall 1st floor. Accessible and gender-segregated washrooms in Ross South. Transit directions to York University:

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They will not be erased. They will not be silenced.

 I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take to the stage (in front of a live audience) to re-enact their families’ harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond; before, during, and immediately after the escalation of military violence in their native homeland, Rakhine state; their unforgiving escape by foot and by boat to makeshift camps in Bangladesh; and their eventual resettlement in the strikingly unfamiliar Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

There, the children resolve to raise awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign.

To view the trailer for I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts, click here.


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Co-Sponsors: The Department of Politics, the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), and the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI).