Collaborations

THE INTERROGATION ROOM, 2006

9:00 VIDEO
An interview with artist/activist Rabindranath Ramah looks at how a racialized identity is constructed against the backdrop of Canadian multiculturalism.
1. The Interrogation Room.
2. The Politics of Friendship.
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The Interrogation Room

THE INTERROGATION ROOM, 2006
9:00 VIDEO
An interview with artist/activist Rabindranath Ramah looks at how a racialized identity is constructed against the backdrop of Canadian multiculturalism.
A short documentary examining the ways in which a gay Black man is interrogated within Canada. He tries to make meaning of his complex identity–his youth in Trinidad, the process of migration, and his experience of racism and homophobia in Canada. Various segments of water and earth are utilised to depict the connectedness to earth and land that was present in his life as a child, as well as an interrogation room setting in Canada, where he responds to police interrogation. In moments where he gathers his thoughts, against the wall of a room in his home, we see the extent to which the interrogation forces him to do remind himself of who he is, to avoid the internationalisation of labelling and profiling—both old, now somewhat recycled forms of racism. Film and Video-maker Karen Karen Kew and writer Rozena Maart, work collaboratively with artist Rabin Ramah.
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The Politics of Friendship

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THE POLITICS OF FRIENDSHIP/
THE FRIENDSHIP OF POLITICS, 2004
17:00 VIDEO
A collaborative video between videomaker, Karen Karen and writer and cultural producer, Rozena Maart that documents and ponders the nature of friendship
THE POLITICS OF FRIENDSHIP / THE FRIENDSHIP OF POLITICS
“The Politics of Friendship/the Friendship of Politics,” is a collaborative video between Rozena Maart and Karen Kew documenting and discussing their struggle towards forging a friendship. Each in their own way informed by the politics and practices of Black Consciousness, which was also a period of mass mobilisation, which they both lived through in South Africa, Rozena and Karen speak of the ways in which they exist in the world as a consequence of their politics of resistance: it is, after all, the larger backdrop of their histories in South Africa that inform their resistance and perseverance in Canada. A frank discussion between the two women about the nature of their friendship forms the basis of the video.
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