Elimin8Hate presented film and panel participates in the VAFF calendar for the 25th anniversary
“It’s E8’s mission to harness the power of art, film and media to educate the public about the racism our society continues to face and find a way forward,” said Barbara Lee, founder of Elimin8Hate and VAFF, in a news release.
Part of the 25th anniversary, which runs in cinemas 4.-7. November and online 7.-13. November, the afternoon of movies is scheduled to take place on November 7, beginning at noon, at the Cineplex Odeon International Village.
The three films, which are to be shown for a total of 135 minutes of playing time, are intended to highlight some of the key problems that Asian-Canadians face.
“Unfortunately, anti-Asian hatred is not a new topic and has plagued our society for years,” Lee says. “What we consume matters because it shapes the way we see the world and ourselves.”
The planned programming marks the world premiere of Lynda, directed by E8 Ambassador Eileen Park Robertson, who highlights the desire of Asian-Canadians to regain their names. Emergence: Out of the Shadows by director Vinay Giridhar is looking to come out while he is part of a very conservative South Asian family.
The third film on the program is What Flowers They Bloom, by C. Hudson Hwang. The documentary looks at the Asian-Canadian small business owner, Andy Sue, as he deals with the trauma caused by racism he experienced during the pandemic.
On November 9, E8 will also present a panel that will discuss how media can shape a person’s worldview and what can be done to continue moving toward a racially just society.
Visit Festival.vaff.org to learn more.