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Punjabi Cinema: Because We Are Girls

Sun, Sept 22 / 3 pm
Directed by Baljit Sangra
2019, Canada, 85 min

A conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters finally decide to come forward—not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Gurpreet Sehra and Noor Bhangu of Kohinoor Collective with members of the Punjabi Sikh community. Conversation will circle issues around gender inequality, intergenerational trauma, and lack of access/discussion around mental health. Bringing in panelists from diverse age groups and working within a range of cultural institutions, the panel will work to unpack critical issues in the community, while working to futureproof communal forms of gathering and conversation for younger generations.

Panelists:

Sandy Chahal is a Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Lawton Partners Wealth Management, with over 25 years’ experience in the financial industry. She has been involved in many community activities and has held several Board positions, including as Board Director of The Forks North Portage Partnership, Board Director Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC), Board Director India Canada Culture Heritage Association (ICCHA), and Ambassador of Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. She has served as President of Guru Nanak Darbar (Sikh temple), and First female President of that Gurugha.

Min Kaur is a queer, cis femme woman of South Asian descent from SouthEast Asia, who lives with multiple invisible disabilities. She has over 20 years experience working as an adult educator, community literacy practitioner in Tkaronto (Toronto) and has also spent the last 10 years teaching in various post secondary institutions – most recently at the University of of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba. Min works from an Anti-Colonial, Feminist, Queer and Disability Justice Framework. Her doctoral work is concerned with spirit harm and injury, specifically the ways in which the logics of white supremacy are operationalized to impact racialized faculty. Min also identifies as a survivor of sexual violence and has openly struggled with body image and experiences of fatphobia.

The panel discussion will be held in both Punjabi and English. There will be no translation provided.

Sponsored by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies – University of Winnipeg.

Reviews

Utterly heartbreaking.
- Chelsea Phillips-Carr, POV Magazine.
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