Lia Tarachansky’s documentary, On the Side of the Road : pointing out a nation’s tabboo

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Russian journalist and moviemaker who produced the documentary  ”On the Side of the Road” in 2013. As a former Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network (RNN), she produced short documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news. She has directed several documentaries that tackle different aspects of social justice struggles in Israel and in Palestine.

Once again with this documentary, she points out what the Israeli government always wanted to pass over in silence and focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country’s Independance but also to the Palestinian refugee issue. Through two testimonies of veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as well as her own history –  as she grew up in a settlement in the West Bank – Lia Tarachansky wants to broach this burning issue unveiling the opinion and the suffering of people coming from both sides of the road, the two communities.

To know more about the movie and Lia Tarachansky, Here is her website. As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week, she answered to our questions about ”On the Side of the Road” that you can find here and/or on our soundcloud account as well.

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Violence against Women in Ukraine: Documentary

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Ukraine is the largest country located within Europe, known as a breadbasket of the continent, its beautiful nature, distinct folk dancing, and the hospitality of those inhabiting it.

Women comprise fifty-four percent of the country’s population, and the level of women’s literacy in Ukraine reaches nearly a hundred percent. The prohibition of discrimination based on gender is entrenched into the Ukrainian Constitution, Article 24. The country’s everyday life, however, does not reflect these factors.

The survey of 2014 showed that 22% of Ukrainian women had experienced at least one form of violence (physical or sexual) starting age 15. Only 32% of the total number asked for help at social services.

This report opens up a conversation about the systemic issue of gender violence that Ukrainian women face on a daily basis through the interviews with “La Strada” Ukraine and the community LGBTQ organization “Insight.” “La Strada” is an international NGO that works to ensure gender equality and fights women trafficking in Ukraine, and the “Insight” organization provides legal and social help to the victims of violence on the grounds of homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia. My name is Kateryna Gordiychuk of the CKUT Community Radio in Montreal, Canada.

It is very important to talk openly about violence against women in Ukraine, as the conversation is often suppressed by virtue of seeming not urgent enough, especially in light of political difficulties and oppression by Russia that the country faces.

This documentary was produced as a part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international radio series of AMARC, originally in Ukrainian. The report was aired in English on CKUT 90.3 FM on March 3, 2016, as a part of the Off the Hour program.

26th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre: Panel Discussion

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In commemoration of the Montreal Massacre that happened on December 6th, 1989 in École Polytechnique, CKUT’s Off the Hour hosted a panel discussion to analyze the event once again and the impact it had on the feminist movement and gun control laws.

CKUT’s Rose Woolhouse, Kateryna Gordiychuk and Emily Enhorning had a chance to speak to Maureen Bradley, a filmmaker, who produced a short documentary in 1995 titled “Refraiming the Montreal Massacre”; Rose Marie Whalley, a community radio programmer and a board member at Center for Gender Advocacy; and Kevin Vowles, a Community Engagement Manager for the White Ribbon in Toronto, that empowers men and boys to take a stand against violence directed at women and girls.

The panel tried to unveil the social circumstances within which the crime against women occurred by addressing the issues of gender violence in general and the work done to prevent it in the aftermath of the event.

Although, the speakers said that the issue receives much more acknowledgement nowadays, they emphasized the persisting facts of violence against women and girls in modern society.

83% of all police-reported domestic assaults are against women. This pattern is consistent for every province and territory across Canada.(Canadianwomen.org)

A big part of discussion was dedicated to the media portrayal at the time of the massacre and how the news reporting consequently framed the public’s reaction to the crime. Maureen Bradley, one of the speakers, produced a documentary “Reframing the Montreal Massacre” two decades ago to address this issue.

The matter of violence against women is not an issue for feminists only, but it must be recognized and acted against by all societal structures. Kevin Vowles, one of the speakers, talked about his extensive educational work with White Ribbon, an organization that teaches boys and men to react to gender violence.

What I see when engaging men and boys is that they are willing to come forward, stand up, and say something when they see violence and rape culture happening. White Ribbon encourages men and boys to move away from harmful gender norms.  When men and boys start truly getting in touch with their emotions (transcending toxic masculinity), moving away from straight anger, we can end violence against women.

– Kevin Vowles shared with CKUT after the panel discussion

Listen to an insightful discussion on the framework in which the Montreal Massacre occurred and its consequences. Rose Marie Whalley, one of the panelists, also provides a live account from the feminist demonstration held soon after the crime.

Interview with Director Mina Shum on “The Ninth Floor” Documentary, and Concordia’s Anti-Racist Movement of 1969

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In this interview we speak with Mina Shum, director of the recently released documentary “The Ninth Floor,” produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and competing in the upcoming Festival de Nouveau Cinema. The Ninth Floor delves back into the history of Concordia’s rarely talked about “Computer Riots,” forty-five years later, and features live interviews with the primarily black student protestors whom at the time had filed an official complaint about the racist practices of biology professor Perry Anderson. His rate of failures for black students was consistently high, but the administration’s weak response to the issue triggered the occupation of SGW’s ninth floor by the student protestors for almost two weeks.

The film will be screened on Friday October 9th, co-presented by Cinema Politica and the FNC.

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.

LGBT Rights during War in Ukraine

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On May 14th Montreal had a chance to host a sneak preview of the documentary by a Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw called “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine” (2015), which focuses on the consequences of Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution in modern Ukraine and its occupied regions. The film preview and discussion were co-presented by Cinema Politica, the Concordia University Research Chair in Sexual Representation & in Documentary. They were followed by the discussion with a Ukraine human rights activist Anna Dovgopol who is knowledgable about the current perception of LGBT community in Ukraine. She is also a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives.

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Gender Based Violence in Myanmar

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We bring you a brand new doc from CKUT's very own Portia Larlee who is based in Yangon, Myanmar [formerly Burma].

Portia probes deeply into what people say, think, and do about Gender Based Violence in a country that has a mythology of equality and a reality of subordination.

This documentary was produced for WINGS, the Women's International News Gathering Service, that looks at gender based violence in that south east Asian country. Speakers include a parliamentary minister, a taxi driver, a Buddhist nun, and more. For more information, check out http://www.wings.org.

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Radio Doc: Mexico to Montreal – Justice for the 43

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We look at the ongoing protests in Mexico and solidarity actions here in Montreal, focusing our discussion on the idea of justice. What would justice mean for the missing students of Ayotzinapa, and for all those affected by the violence of the drug war? Emma Noradounkian and Molly Korab speak with Mexican students and activists here in Montreal to see what’s next.

This documentary was produced in collaboration between the McGill Daily and the CKUT news collective.