Events

Jan
31
Tue
“The Pass System” – Film screening and panel discussion
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Pass System, directed by York graduate film student Alex Williams, is a powerful documentary that illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. The film investigates how, for over 60 years, the Canadian government illegally denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave government-assigned reserves, and forced them to carry a pass when they did so.

Alex Williams

The Pass System is a result of a five year investigation involving extensive, pan-Canadian archival research and elders’ oral history testimony. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders tell their stories of living under and resisting the pass system, and link their experiences to today’s struggles for Indigenous rights.

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Williams researched, wrote, shot, directed and produced the film, which is narrated by acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal. The Pass System is currently in the running for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It has been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series (APTN – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.

York University’s Vice-Provost Academic, Dr. Alice Pitt, will introduce the film and filmmaker. Knowledge Keeper Amy Desjarlais will perform a smudging ceremony before the screening.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Alex Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School/Environmental Studies Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice Deborah McGregor, Theatre Professor Michael Greyeyes, History Professor Carolyn Podruchny, Education Professor Celia Haig-Brown and Environmental Studies Lecturer Lisa Myers.

Admission is free. All welcome.  |   Campus Maps  & Directions

This event is presented by Cinema Politica York, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Graduate Film Student Association, Centre for Aboriginal Students Services,  Office of the Vice Provost Academic and OPIRG York.

Jan
22
Tue
CineSiege 2018: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CineSiege Eyes from the 2019 ProgramCatch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 16th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.

Screening one night only, this juried showcase features the best productions created in 2018-2019 by undergraduate students in York University’s Department of Cinema & Media Arts. The films selected for CineSiege 2018 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Adam Cook, Elise Cousineau, Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Peter Mohan and Myrocia Watamaniuk. The jury picked the productions to be shown at CineSiege, with “best of” awards for each genre and craft area (directing and screenwriting, cinematography, production design, and editing and sound).

The best first year film was selected by the Department’s Production Committee. The best second year films were selected by the second year students through anonymous vote.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

Map & parking info

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of 

Nov
4
Mon
CineSiege 2019: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 17th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.

The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of

Cinespace Toronto   Paradise Theatre


After Party

Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8