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The SFU Public Square, in partnership with the Indian Summer Festival presents the Summer 2013 edition of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series. This event features Shabana Amzi talking about Sex and Sensibility.
An icon of Indian cinema, with more than thirty years on stage and screen, and described by Gurinder Chadha as the ‘Indian Meryl Streep,’ Shabana Azmi has utilized her stardom as a catalyst to become a fierce advocate for the rights of women, minorities, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
A five-time winner of the National Award for Best Actress, Azmi’s incredible body of social justice work includes her appointment as the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador on Population and Development and membership in the National AIDS Commission of India.
This commitment to social justice and activism resulted in Azmi receiving the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award for her poverty and human rights work, the International Human Rights Award (France), and the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum alongside Muhammed Ali, Michael Douglas and Gilberto Gil.
Azmi, who is receiving an honourary degree from SFU on June 12, will speak about her life and work in cinema and activism, focusing on the attitudes towards women on screen and in society, a discussion of particular relevance due to the current political climate in India.
Azmi will be joined on stage by Indian producer Sanjoy Roy, the managing director of Teamwork Films, and a recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Film. Roy is also a winner of the IDPA Award for Best Documentary and Best Director for the film Shahjahanabad.
The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
This event is general admission. Please check in at the registration table before 6:45 pm on June 11th. Due to the high demand for seats at this event, we will release all remaining seats to our waitlist after 6:45 pm.
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SFU Public Square & SFU Vancouver
SFU Public Square, a signature initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections, establishes Simon Fraser University as the go-to convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern.