Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CIES Attends and Screens Project @ CCMF's Anti-Racism Film Festival

CIES took in the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation's Anti-Racism Film Festival last night. The red carpet screening took place on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and showcased 15 completed films at the John Dutton theatre in downtown. The event was free of charge, as the purpose is to help mitigate racism by actively allowing citizens to participate and stand against racism.

CIES was very proud to submit Broken Heart of the West, as a non-competing entry to the film festival, A special thanks to Alison Karim-McSwiney, CEO of the International Avenues Businesses Revitalization Zone, and recently elected MLA for Calgary East Robyn Luff for their participation in the production of the film.

In terms of the competition itself, The Grey Line by Zorthania took the evening's top prize, but each and every film stood for something far more important. The heart of the festival was about looking into the eyes of our neighbours and seeing ourselves; it was about not just saying racism is wrong, but standing up and doing something about it; and perhaps, above all else, the CCMF's Anti-Racism Film Festival, at its core, was about being Canadian.

Congratulations to the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and Iman Bukhari for putting on such a worthwhile event and all of us here at CIES look forward more collaboration with you in the future. For photos of the event CLICK HERE and to watch the CIES submission Broken Heart of the West in full, simply click below.

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