The Stories We Tell:
In Conversation with Zarqa Nawaz
What is it like to produce a film or publish a book as someone from a visible or racialized minority? Who gets to tell stories about themselves—and who doesn’t? How do we get to a world where #OscarsSoWhite and #DiverseCanLit become meaningless? Author and filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz discusses the power of narrative and cultural production for marginalized communities. She will be interviewed by Jael Richardson.
Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91th episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries. She is also an author, publishing her best-selling comedic memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque in 2014.A limited number of signed copies will be available for sale - please bring cash!
Jael Richardson is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Festival of Literary Diversity, Canada’s first literary festival celebrating diverse authors and stories. She is the author of The Stone Thrower, a memoir about her father, which was the subject of a TSN documentary.
This event is held in partnership between The Tessellate Institute and Canadian Council of Muslim Women - Toronto Chapter.
You can register online here
When: February 4, 2016 | 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun | 612 Markham St, Toronto
Cost: PWYC (suggestion donation: $5-10)