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Sept 19, 2019 - The Canadian Premiere of "Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time"

The IMRC is thrilled to host the Canadian premiere of "Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time," followed by a Q and A with filmmakers Arash Kamali Sarvestani (in person) and Behrouz Boochani (via video link from Manus). Please register for this event.

"Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time" is a powerful documentary shot clandestinely on a smartphone by Behrouz Boochani inside Australia's Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Footage was sent electronically to Arash Kamali Sarvestani, who wove it together with interviews shot outside the detention centre to create the film.

Free parking will be available in the Balsillie School's rear parking lot (entrance on Father David Bauer Drive) from 6:00 pm.

Attendance is free and all are welcome, but seating will be limited to those who have registered. Please show tickets at the door (electronically on the Eventbrite app, or printed versions of the pdf that is sent to registered attendees with their confirmation email).

About the filmmakers:

Behrouz Boochani is an Iranian-Kurdish journalist, activist, and poet. In addition to his work on "Chauka," he has published a memoir, "No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison," which was written on a mobile phone using What's App. Awards he has received for the book include the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction, a special award in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for General non-fiction book of the year, and the Australian National Biography Award.

Arash Kamali Sarvestani is an Iranian Dutch filmmaker and video artist. He studied film at the Art University of Tehran and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. His work has been featured in numerous festivals in Europe and Iran. He currently lives and works in the Netherlands.

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