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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.


Fall Series Preview with Cinema Politica, and In-Depth with Victoria Lean

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In this preview of Cinema Politica’s fall series, we speak with Svetla Turnin, executive director of the political activist film series, hosted every Monday evening at Concordia University. We also speak with the director of this Monday night’s film, After The Last River by Victoria Lean. The film follows local activists, community leaders and community members who are in opposition to the environmental destruction of their home, the Attawapiskat First Nation, as a result of diamond mining and other pursuits.

Concordia students can also loan or stream previously screened Cinema Politica films through the Concordia Library’s Cinema Politica Selections.

This interview was produced by Claudia Edwards.


Radio Documentary: Community Radio in the Middle East and North Africa

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CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with several members of the community radio movement in the Middle East and North Africa on various issues from state barriers, to the granting of FM licenses, to journalistic freedom and the future of community radio. She interviewed Francisco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) on HAICA‘s (Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication) decision to grant Tunisia new FM licenses. CKUT then spoke to Ahmed Samih, founder of Radio Horytna, about the current radio landscape in Egypt. Finally, Anna interviewed award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist Daoud Kuttab, founder of Amman Net, the Arab world’s first internet radio station. Mr. Kuttab discussed community radio more generally, and its role in a Post-Arab spring era. This documentary was produced by Anna Marchese and Aaron Lakoff.

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LGBT Rights during War in Ukraine

From left to right: Jordan Arsenaut, a moderator, Marusya Bociurkiw, a filmmaker and Anna Dovgopol, a Ukraine human rights activist










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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.



Presenting “Speaking the Unspoken: A critical examination of McGill’s celebrated employment practices”

Photo: Jill Bachelder, The McGill Daily
Photo: Jill Bachelder, The McGill Daily

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In solidarity with the 84 people who got arrested at last week’s May Day anti-capitalist protest, 27 of whom were given criminal charges, CKUT presents to you a ~critical auditory adventure~ about McGill’s celebrated employment practices.


We Don’t Need No Don – Organized crime & politics in Jamaica

‘We Don’t Need No Don’ – Organized crime and politics in Jamaica

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On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding declared a state of emergency over the Jamaican capital Kingston. The following week, a four-day offensive by the Jamaican State’s armed forces left 73 dead, a number many fear could be significantly higher. The violence predominantly occured in the Kingston neigbourhoods of Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens.

What had caused this desperate situation? Som say, that the roots of the problem can be traced back to the United States’ extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, made to Jamaica in September 2009.

But the extreme violence not only highlights the repercussion of this attempted implementation of international justice. It also sheds light on the roots of organized crime and politics in Jamaica, as well as how other nations, particularly the United States, are implicated in the situation through the international drugs trade.

This CKUT documentary explores the roots of organized crime in Jamaica, how the Jamaican diaspora accross Canada and the United States are affected by the recent violence, and investigates potential long- and short-term solutions to the problem.