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Alanis Obomsawin: In Conversation with Cameron Bailey

A program of:
The Children Have to Hear Another Story

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Livestreamed online and in-person
Clark Reading Room, 2nd Floor
University College, 15 King’s College Circle

Join us for the 2022-23 R.K. Teetzel Lecture featuring Abenaki artist, filmmaker, and activist, Alanis Obomsawin in conversation with Cameron Bailey, CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival. The conversation will focus on Obomsawin’s lifework, her activism on the front lines of Indigenous political struggles, and cultural and artistic survivance and resurgence. Reflecting on her work as a singer and songwriter, printmaker, and documentary filmmaker through personal recollections and history of public engagement, the conversation will offer deep insight into the story of Canada as seen through the lens of one of the most renowned and celebrated Indigenous filmmakers in the world.

The event is free and all are welcome. Registration is required.

About the Speakers

A member of the Abenaki Nation, Alanis Obomsawin is a filmmaker and producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Born in 1932, Obomsawin has made over 57 films which have been screened in international film festivals all around the world. She is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Glenn Gould Prize in 2020 and the 2023 MacDowell Medal. She was named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2019 and has been a Grande Officière of the Ordre national du Québec since 2016. She is also the recipient of over fifteen honorary degrees from universities and colleges across Canada and the US, most recently from the University of Toronto (2023).

Cameron Bailey is CEO of TIFF and the Toronto International Film Festival® setting TIFF’s strategic direction and leading its teams toward fulfilling TIFF’s mission to transform the way people see the world through film. Having grown up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada, Bailey has taught film curation at the University of Toronto, and holds an honorary doctorate from Western University. He is a Chevalier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters and is a member-at-large of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For 12 consecutive years (2012–2023), Toronto Life magazine has named him one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People.

About the Teetzel Lecture

The Teetzel Lectureship was established under the terms of the will of Mrs. Rita K. Teetzel, who graduated from University College in 1912. In her will, Mrs. Teetzel requested that a portion of her estate be used “for the furtherance of studies in Architecture for women in University College.” This Lectureship aims to bring to the College and to the University of Toronto distinguished lecturers in art and architecture.

Photos (L–R): Julie Artacho; Matt Barnes

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