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Yukon Film Premiere: Salaam B'y - A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander

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Westmark Hotel

201 Wood Street

Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2E4

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Join us for the Yukon film premiere and discussion of the award-winning internationally renowned short documentary film, "Salaam B'y - A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander" (www.salaamby.ca), a Canadian story celebrating the power of 'communities of kindness'. The screening will be followed by an open discussion with Aatif Baskanderi and Whitehorse City Councillor Jocelyn Curteanu on inclusion, innovation and what it means for Whitehorse and Canada. We hope you will enjoy the inspirational story and participate in the conversation on inclusion, innovation and the value of kindness. Film is rated for all ages and everyone is welcome! Please feel free to invite your family, friends and co-workers.

The "Creating Communities of Kindness Tour" across Canada also includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundlander & Labrador. The tour is presented in partnership with the Inspirit Foundation.

Film trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ctPXHWhg1A.

Notable achievements include:

  • International screenings by the United Nations Global Migration Film Festival.
  • Winner of "Best Documentary Film 2018" at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Canada Shorts, and Muskoka Film Festival.
  • Selected by over 15 film festivals across Canada, the USA and globally via the United Nations, including Iraq, Cyprus, Uganda, Bulgaria, and Romania. Over 50 screenings in 29 cities globally.
  • Nationally-aired CBC Radio documentary on The Sunday Edition.
  • Film crowdfunded by 230 donors from 19 countries.


Film Synopsis
Aatif Baskanderi grew up in a place where not many people looked like him or believed in the same things that he did. As a Muslim child of Pakistani immigrants, Newfoundland became home. His experiences growing up on “the rock” was like something out of a storybook. On this cold, isolated island in the Atlantic ocean, Aatif learned sincerity and appreciation for others that would set him up for remarkable success in life.

As an engineer with a keen interest for social justice, he embarked on a journey to connect the two. Guided by his Muslim & Newfoundlander values, this led him to studying at the London School of Economics, researching Fair Trade farmers in Palestine, working on malaria prevention in Sierra Leone, informing science policy in Canada, the UK & Europe, leading Engineers Without Borders across Canada, and currently working as an innovation specialist at a global power company in Calgary, Alberta.

While things are going well for Aatif, the same cannot be said for his home province, which is facing tumultuous economic times. In hopes of inspiring a new generation of Newfoundlanders to live their dreams, Aatif returns to Newfoundland to share his story of pluralism and tolerance.

At a time of increasing racial and religious friction across the west, Aatif’s story is a reminder of what can happen when a community welcomes newcomers with open arms.

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