Ajay Bhardwaj – Surrey Muse

Watching Anand Patwardhan’s documentaries
in the 1980’s and 90’s, I nurtured a desire to be
a documentary filmmaker. However, it was only after
working with the mainstream television in Delhi
for almost a decade that I could finally step into
the world of documentary filmmaking in 1997.

Ajay Bhardwaj is a South Asian filmmaker, a UBC Public Scholar, and an arts activist who has made films in Punjabi, Hindi and English. He has produced a dozen documentaries exploring different aspects of equality in South Asia. His Hindi film, A Minute of Silence, is a ‘guerilla’ documentary on the martyrdom of Chandrashekhar Prasad (a former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s student union) that highlighted some of the basic fault-lines of Indian politics and society. Ajay’s next project was a decade long engagement with the state of the Punjab interrogating all its mainstream narratives of culture, politics, history and identity; the result was a set of three documentaries, now called the Punjab Triology. His interest in politics and the arts found expression in an early engagement with the agit-prop theatre— a street theatre, in Delhi. At this time, Ajay is a PhD candidate at the UBC’s department of Asian Studies.

Visit Ajay’s web page
ajaybhardwaj.in
Contact Ajay
ajayunmukt@gmail.com

At the July 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ajay will be our Featured Performer and he will present clips from his Punjab Trilogy of documentaries ‘to mark the 70th anniversary of Partition’ (of India in 1947). More about the event is here: july-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Yvette Dudley-Neuman – Surrey Muse


Yvette Dudley-Neuman is an actor, director, writer and producer who has facilitated over forty theater and film productions. She has performed in The F Words, Watermelon Girls & Vagina Monologues; TV/film credits include VAN HELSING, The Hollow Child, and Edna Brown. She has written two short films (Edna Brown, Laundry Day), twenty nine Historical Re-enactment scripts, and a full length play, Christmas Crackers. Her script, THE F WORDS won Honorable Mention in Theatre BC’s 2014 Playwriting Competition. Yvette did her BFA and B.Ed at the University of Calgary, studied with Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports), and then spent a year travelling the world with the cast of Up with. She has performed for three years in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. At this time, Yvette is writing a play entitled Titillations, working at The Free Table web series, and, as a long form improviser, portraying psych patients for Psych Nursing students.

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Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Contact Yvette
yvetteacts@gmail.com

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Yvette will be our Featured Performer. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Imtiaz Popat – Surrey Muse

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Imtiaz Popat is a singer, song writer and media Producer working in film, radio, television, new media and event production. His films include ‘Hate Can Kill’, ‘Khar Ki Khani’, ‘Stolen Memories’ and ‘Breaking the Silence’. He also worked on ‘India Kingdom of the Tiger’ and ‘Getting Married’. Imtiaz hosts Bulland Awaaz, The Rational and Duniya Mix on Vancouver CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM, and he co-hosts Access TV on Shaw Cable 4. He is now working on a documentary called ‘Back to India’, story of an Anglo-Indian artist living in Downtown Eastside who wants to go back to India to reconnect with her roots. Imtiaz also is an activist and a politician.

Imtiaz started producing films and radio programs in 1998 but it was singing that got him into the arts. He began to sing from a young age, and became a ‘songwriter’ in 2014. Imtiaz’s songs include ‘Ye Sham’ (this evening), ‘Twendeny’, ‘Tere nal hogaya ae pyar’ (i have fallen in love with you), ‘Sare Jag Ma Gujratio’ (Gujrati in the whole world), ‘Kis Nazar se’ (with which eye), and ‘Homeless’.

View some of Imtiaz’s work
movingimages.ca
Links to Bulland Awaaz
coopradio.org
Contact Imtiaz
imtiaz.popat@gmail.com

At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Imtiaz will present songs and a short film. More information about the event is here:
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Surrey Muse Program July – November 2016

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July – Nov 2016
Session 10

July 22
Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Joanne Arnott (uc)
Performer Imtiaz Popat
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Host Sana Janjua

August 26
Author Julian Worker
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Young Scholar
Open Mic Opener Kevin Taylor
Host Helga Parekh

September 23
Author Trudy M. Davies
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Zee & Louw
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Fauzia Rafique

October 28
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Janene White
Host Sonja Grgar

November 25
Author Farah Tejani
Poet Betsy Warland
Performer Metro Nomad
Open Mic Opener Nayden Pollasari (uc)
Host Mariam Zohra D

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Pasi Gungowo – Surrey Muse

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Pasi Gunguwo is a musician, creative producer/director, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment and cultural industries in several countries including Zimbabwe, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Israel and the USA. He co-founded an award winning community program ‘Britannia World Music’ in 2003, offering East Van children opportunities to learn and play African music as an after-school activity. In 2004, Pasi created Feso, a fusion band that rocked major Canadian music festivals in 2006-2007; and in 2008, he directed a play ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ produced by Amnesty International.

After graduating from film school in 2009, he has initiated various literary, film and video projects to tell stories of his homeland to an international audience.

Pasi has a deep passion for bringing out voices and images that celebrate diversity while being rooted in their cultures, ‘so that we can understand one another through art.’

Pasi’s web page
mixedblood.ca
Facebook
pasi.gunguwo
Contact Pasi
pasigunguwo@gmail.com

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pasi will have us view and listen to some of his work. More about the event is here: april-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse 6-Month Program – January to June 2015

We are excited to have this amazing lineup for the 7th Session of Surrey Muse.

Surrey Muse Session 7
January 2015 – June 2015

January 23
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Lorna Goodison
Performer Tom Oleman
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Sonja Grgar

February 27
Author Dennis E. Bolen
Poet Phinder Dulai
Performer Carol Sawyer
Open Mic Opener Summer Pervez
Host Mariam Zohra

March 27
Author Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Poet Ibrahim Honjo
Performer Poul Bech
Open Mic Opener Nefertiti
Host Randeep Purewall

April 24
Author Christine Grimard
Poet Alan Girling
Performer Hasham Nasir
Open Mic Opener Rita Wong
Host Helga Parekh

May 22
Author Larry Nicholson
Poet Carol Shillibeer
Performer Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Sana Janjua

June 26
Author Juliane Okot Bitel
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Let It Pass (DVD)
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host David Macilwain

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Storma Sire – Surrey Muse

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Storma Sire is an award winning African-Canadian artist, author, poet, illustrator and film writer of West African Akan heritage.

As a film writer, Storma has co-written two independent feature films, two television pilots and one documentary on the homeless in the Vancouver downtown east side called Goin’ Home (2007). She co-wrote Barbara James (2003), Winnipeg’s first black, full length independent feature film. The film won honours at several international film festivals (including London, Los Angeles and Sicily), won best picture and best actress at the National Film Board of Canada and was nominated for best screenplay at the Toronto Black Film and Video Network.

As a writer, Storma’s children’s novel Lessons in Magic won for Best Emerging Author/Illustrator in Children’s Literature in 2006 from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has also illustrated for the University of British Columbia’s Journal of Writing for Children. Her poetry has featured in the anthology Black Canadian North: Contemporary African Canada Poetry (2013) and she is currently writing a book of poetry entitled Red Cap. Her paintings on stone and canvass focus on abstract, indigenous and subjective narratives can be seen here: www.thewindowartshop.com.

Storma has also been teaching art, creative writing and creativity classes at Langara College and for the City of Burnaby for nearly a decade. She has worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 6 years, and has co-curated a number of independent art shows. She is a social activist and co-founded the Sickle Cell Association of BC in 2012.

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