Kingston Canadian Film Festival | In Conversation With Deepa Mehta
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In Conversation With Deepa Mehta

In Conversation With Deepa Mehta

Saturday, March 14

12:30 pm // Baby Grand

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Tickets will go back on sale February 4 with our full festival lineup.

About

“The power of cinema is that it can start a dialogue.” – Deepa Mehta, 2015

 

One of Canada’s most prolific filmmakers, Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominatedtransnational filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favourites.  Perhaps best known for her Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water. Other films include, Bollywood/HollywoodHeaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel. Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless and provocative. She received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Order of Ontario and Queen’s Jubilee Medal and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for “challenging cultural traditions and bringing stories of oppression, injustice and violence to the fore.”

 

During this very, special event Deepa will sit down and chat with moderator Hussain Amarshi, founder and president of Mongrel Media, who has worked with her on various projects over the years.  At the end of their conversation, they’ll open it up to the audience for your questions.  Limited tickets available for this special event!

Bios

Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated (Water), transnational filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favourites.  She is best known for her Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water. Other films include, Bollywood/HollywoodHeaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel. Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless…provocative. Mehta is both a rebel and a humanist, and that spirit saturates her newest work, Beeba Boys, a tough, stylish gangster film.

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HUSSAIN AMARSHI

Hussain Amarshi is the Founder and President of Mongrel Media – Canada’s leading arthouse film distribution company.  A graduate of University of Toronto and Queen’s University, Hussain has been involved in film for over 30 years; he founded the Kingston International Film Festival in 1989; ran the Euclid Theatre in Toronto; worked on Atom Egoyan’ Exotica and Jeremy Podeswa’s Eclipse, before setting up Mongrel Media in 1994. Hussain is currently producing Deepa Mehta’s latest film Funny Boy and has been an Executive Producer on Beeba Boys, Brooklyn, Everything Will Be Fine, and Maudie.  Hussain is a member of the AGO Board of Trustees and has served on several arts boards including the Design Exchange and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala Committee. Hussain was raised in Pakistan, Uganda and Zaire. He moved to Canada in 1984. He is married to actor and writer Kristen Thomson. Together they have 14 year-old twin sons, and a 12 year old daughter.

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