On Feb. 28, award-winning Canadian filmmaker John Greyson will be present in Montreal for Cinema Politica Concordia's special screening event Sex, Song and Segregation. Bringing together penguins, protest, megaphone choirs and Elton John in a politically explosive combination, the event aims to celebrate Greyson's contributions to art and activism, charting 25 years of films exploring South Africa, Palestine, race, sex, politics, and music.
John Greyson is a filmmaker, video artist, writer and activist whose features, shorts and installations include Fig Trees (2009), Proteus (2003), Zero Patience (2003) and Lilies (1996). An associate professor in film at York University, Greyson also serves on the advisory boards of Vtape, Inside/Out and the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival. Greyson has participated in numerous anti-censorship, AIDS and queer activist media projects such as The Olive Project, Deep Dish TV, Blah Blah Blah and AIDS Action Now.
A member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Greyson is active in the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. He has produced several BDS-related short videos including Hey Elton, Vuvuzela, and most recently, BDS Bieber.
Co-presented by Cinema Politica Concordia, Tadamon! Montreal and Queer Concordia, the program will feature a combination of short films and excerpts, including Fig Trees (2009), Proteus (2003), Chant d'Amour (1989) and A Moffie Called Simon (1986). The event will take place on Monday, February 28th in room H-110 at Concordia University, located at 1455 de Maisonneuve West. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free or by donation. Greyson will be present throughout the screening to answer questions and engage in discussion surrounding his work.
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