The African Movie Festival in Manitoba (AMFM) takes place from September 26 to 27, 2020. The festival kicks off with a symposium Racism in Cinema: Representations of Blackness in Films at the Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Avenue in Winnipeg at 10 a.m.
The symposium is a mini town hall on anti-Black racism taking its cue from current conversations on racism and will extend the discussion on racism in cinema to the broader critical discourse of anti-Black racism in Canada and beyond.
The panel aims to bring together the voices of Black stakeholders (including community leaders, academics, and artists) in a conversation on the enduring systems and ideologies of racial oppression in society. The panel explores the longstanding cultural, political and economic practices that function to facilitate racism, oppression, inequality and injustice. It also explores the tolls of these practices on Black peoples and will ask for ways to redress and eradicate systems of racism in society.
Panelists are Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady, Director, Immigration Partnership; Titi Tijani, ACOMI President, Uzoma Asagwara MLA Union Station. The keynote is Dr. Onokome Okome, Professor of Arts, English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta; respondents are Dr. Mbye Cham, Professor in the Department of African Studies and Director of the Center for African Studies at Howard University in Washington, D. C.; Dr. Sarah Buchanan, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, US. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ben Akoh.