They just keep climbing on. More than 90 Canadian writers, including a lot of the big names, have come on board as signatories to an online letter to Israeli and Canadian authorities.
The writers are calling for two things: a halt in the eviction of 1,000 Palestinians from various villages in the southern Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank which has been designed as a military firing range and, secondly, an end to a planned forcible relocation of an estimated 20,000 to 70,000 Israeli citizens of Bedouin background this coming August from their 35 communities in the Negev within the state of Israel itself.
Margaret Atwood is rightfully Canada's grande dame of letters. The Massey Lectures are the pre-eminent showcase for academic thought in this country. The National Film Board is Canada's pioneering institute of innovative film production. Jennifer Baichwal is an award-winning director of thoughtful and visually stunning films. You might expect the nexus of these elements to render the film version of Atwood's Payback the greatest adaptation of all time. But Payback the film is not an adaptation of Payback the book. The film is a creative reimagining of the book, which requires not a little chutzpah when you are working with Atwood material.
This past Pride, Toronto's Rob Ford decided to break with the tradition of his mayoral predecessors and skip the city's largest queer parade. He said he has been going to his cottage that weekend every year as a family tradition. Photographers went to see what the mayor did that day, but no one got the shot or the story. "I was there swinging on the tire and trying to ride my bike," says Ivory Towers, the Queen of Sodom. "I've seen some things that a woman ain't supposed to see -- from my lawn chair." This Sodom show is based on Ivory Towers' interpretation of what happened at the Ford cottage that infamous weekend.
Fresh from two sold-out screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, <!--break-->SURVIVING PROGRESS is the film inspired by Ronald Wright's bestseller and CBC Massey Lectures, "A Short History of Progress”.