Three documentary films will be screened digitally during this fall’s edition of KDocsFF, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s annual social justice film festival.
First up, with a free 24-hour online viewing window starting Thursday, September 16, is the September 11 document. “You Are Here: A Come From Away StoryWhich follows the 6,600 plane passengers redirected to Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001, and how the townspeople opened their doors to them for five days.
A live roundtable / Q&A on Friday, September 17 will feature director Moze Mossanen, panelists Claude Elliott (Mayor of Gander), Diane and Nick Marson (film subjects) and KPU’s Gavin Paul and Valerie Vezina, with moderator Kelly Doyle , from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
On October 10, the festival will present the new documentary “Emergence: out of the shadows”, shot in and around Surrey. The film follows Kayden, Jag and Amar as they introduce themselves to their Sikh families in Punjab and “face a tradition and taboo deeply rooted in culture and community.” A panel discussion on October 11 will include film producer Alex Sangha and other extras in the film.
“I hope our audiences embrace this Surrey-based documentary, which captures the challenges three families face as their LGBTQIA2S + children step out in their conservative Sikh communities in Punjab,” said Greg Chan, director of community outreach at KDocsFF.
“The special event coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11. We hope the documentary and panel discussion inspires young gay men / interrogators to be themselves and show their parents how to be allies.”
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From November 16, the festival’s third film is “The Six,” which highlights the racism and anti-immigration policies that have nearly erased the stories of the six Chinese men who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic over a century ago. Director Arthur Jones is on a post-film panel, along with researcher Steven Schwankert, MOSAIC’s Sherman Chan and film subject Lily Cho.
Chan noted: “Titanic the stories and family histories have been well documented, but with one notable exception: the accounts of the six Chinese men who survived the shipwreck. The erasure of their stories is a testament to the history of anti-Asian racism, which KDocsFF aims to shatter. “
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