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Dual Film screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Neil-Aaron

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Join Massy Arts and Filmmaker Neil Aaron Saturday June 8th at 6pm for a screening & discussion of his two films Canada is Triflin & Regina v. xʷ is xʷ čaa.

Venue & Accesibility:

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. We are located in the former MING WO building.

Registration is free or by donation and required for entrance.

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About the Films:

Following the interweaving words of James Baldwin, “Canada is Triflin’” documentary critically examines and highlights the systemic racism found historically & currently within Canada, including how to this day, indentured servitude remains very much alive. Canada is often depicted around the globe as being “better” than its seemingly “more” racist counterpart country, the U.S. However, for many Black, Indigenous, and racialized peoples, this is far from the truth for many centuries – Canada is and always has been the colonial twin of the U.S. “Canada is Triflin’” is a visually creative, humorous, incredibly nuanced short film that pushes to inform and to build the necessary changes that are needed.

“Regina v. xʷ is xʷ čaa” is a film that follows Kati, a young Indigenous woman who is currently fighting against wrongful, unjust criminal charges laid by colonial law. Over the years, Kati has defended and resisted on-going colonial occupation, extraction, violence, and more, on her ancestral homelands. During these actions against the colonial state, Kati has experienced violent arrests and police brutality. Each time she has been arrested, she has given her Indigenous name, xʷ is xʷ čaa. However, according to the criminal code of canada, it views Kati using her Indigenous name as illegal and is charging her with an obstruction of justice – essentially criminalizing her. This documentary is a call to action for everyone to denounce the colonial laws & court, and to resist the illegal colonial occupation. 

About Neil Aaron the filmmaker: I almost got kidnapped by BC RCMP officers while undercover to expose that the Green party of BC had infiltrated Fairy Creek; during all of this I accidentally became a journalist and was interviewed on CBC in which they declared me Founder of IndependentBlackMedia…an instagram page on Instagram. So with no power comes no responsibility, I had this professional camera gear because after eating and smoking various herbs and mushrooms in a farm bunkhouse during 2020 quarantine and communing with dark forces/my ancestors; they told me vaguely all of the above would happen so I would need the camera gear to defend myself. So here we are, I ruin white functions.

Neil’s insta: @IndependentBlackMedia

Details

Date:
June 8
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Event Category:

Venue

MASSY ARTS SOCIETY
229 East Georgia Street.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6 Canada
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Phone
604-721-4405