As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Women’s Shelters Canada is hosting a panel discussion on the unique experiences of and barriers faced by immigrant women survivors of domestic violence, inspired by the documentary 'Into the Light'.
'Into the Light' features the liberating life stories and powerful words of inspiring Quebec women of West African origin who’ve regained control over their lives after suffering from domestic violence. The film transcends prejudice and breaks taboos, pulling back the curtain on a poorly understood, hidden world, while testifying to the tremendous power that comes from overcoming isolation and accepting one’s self. It’s a luminous dive into the quest for personal healing and universal humanity. This is Togo-born director Gentille M. Assih’s third documentary. The National Film Board of Canada is making 'Into the Light' freely available on its website for the 16 Days of Activism. As of November 25th, you will be able to watch the documentary here: https://www.nfb.ca/film/into-the-light/
The panel will bring together the following speakers to discuss the themes raised in the documentary:
- Nathalie Cloutier, Executive Producer of the French Program’s Documentary Studio at the National Film Board of Canada
- Margarita Pintin-Perez, Senior Coordinator, Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence at OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
- Patricia Vargas, MBA Director, Children, Family and Community Service at Catholic Community Services of Alberta
We invite participants to watch the film ahead of time. We will not be screening the film as part of the panel.
This panel is in English. The film is in French with English subtitles.