'I Am Rohingya' Screening and Q&A

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George Ignatieff Theatre

Toronto, ON M5S 2C8


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‘Ethics Society & Law, TrinOne, and the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Commitee are proud to host a film screening of I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts’ followed by a Q&A with the director and cast.

The film chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take to the stage to re-enact their families’ harrowing experiences in Burman 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 un-familiar Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director and cast.

There, the children resolve to raise awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign -- one of the most egregious and over-looked humanitarian crises in the world today. Leading up to the night of their sold-out show, the film takes audiences through the personal lives of the performers, capturing their struggles as they adjust to their new lives in Canada, and exploring the cultural background of “the most persecuted people on Earth.”

This screening will be held in the George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College on October 9th, 2018 at 6:30PM


Yusuf Zine | Director

Yusuf Zine is an actor, writer, and co-founder of Innerspeak Digital Media. His career in the entertainment industry began in 2006 by working as a professional actor in the Toronto film and television scene. in 2012, he created and starred in Fame & Fidelity, a web series inspired by his own experiences with typecasting and institutional biases, which secured a place at the 2014 Los Angeles Web Festival. Yusuf has since completed his Master's in Social Justice and Community Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. Michael Kessler | Introductory Remarks

Professor Michael Kessler is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Honours B.A. with high distinction) and an alumnus of Trinity college. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at Harvard University in 2011. He was previously the Director of Undergraduate Studies & Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Simone Davis | Moderator
Professor Simone Davis is Associate Director of the Ethics, Society & Law program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She is also an instructor in the Ethics stream in the Trinity One Program. Her work focuses include literary studies, critical criminology and alternative pedagogies.

Dr. Joy Fitzgibbon | Moderator
Professor Joy Fitzgibbon is a fellow and Assistant Professor of Trinity College and the Associate Director of the Macmillan Trinity One Program. She is an expert on global health and development, and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and completed public health and clinical epidemiology courses at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University.


6:30-6:45 - Registration*

6:45 - Doors open

7:05 - Introduction by Professor Kessler

7:10 - Director’s remarks

7:20 - Movie begins

8:50 - Audience Q&A moderated by Professor Davis and Professor Fitzgibbon

9:25 - Concluding remarks

*Please note that arrival before 6:50PM is needed to guarantee your place.

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