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Representation of People with Disability on Screen: A Work in Progress

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Representation of People with Disability on Screen: A Work in Progress

Filmmaker Atom Egoyan is an icon of the Canadian film industry and has seen a lot of changes in the past 35 years. When he began making movies in the mid-’80s, his early features were perceived as examples of a country coming to terms with the complex reality of diversity and multiculturalism. Many awards and two Oscar nominations later, Egoyan came to the podium of the Empire Club to take a closer look at how the discourse around diversity had shifted.

Highlighting the importance of authentic representation and inclusivity vis-a-vis people with disabilities in media and the arts, Egoyan sat with co-panelists Christine Hill, Stakeholder Engagement – Office of the CEO, at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, and George Alevizos, an ACTRA/Equity professional actor. Also joining this panel was Atom’s son Arshile, whose recently completed first film, Absence, that centred around a character who is differently abled.

This event was moderated by Tenny Nigoghossian and was a not-to-be-missed event for anyone following how the arts are dealing with diversity with a special focus on how people with disabilities should be portrayed in cinema.

Atom Egoyan – Canadian Filmmaker

Christine Hill – Stakeholder Engagement – Office of the CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

George Alevizos – ACTRA/Equity Professional Actor

Arshile Egoyan – Canadian Filmmaker

*The content presented is free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.*

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