Human Rights Day In Edmonton!

Memoria Viva invites you to participate on Dec.10th Human Rights Day in Edmonton!


We have moved the 7th El Mundo Al Reves Latin American Film Festival to December 1oth 2016 for a Human Rights Day of action. This year we will gather in the Boyle Street Community League to talk about Human Rights in 2016. We will discuss what can we do in Edmonton for Human Rights and what We will do. On Dec. 10th we will have performers, art displays, documentaries, speakers, and great conversations about Human Rights in Edmonton. Please join Us and come out to this free all day event. Below is the Program for Human Rights Day 2016.

Where: Boyle Street Community League 9538 103a Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H0J3
When: December 10th 2016 All Day free entrance and donations are welcome we are a non-profit who believe that this day matters.




No one really reads the terms and conditions connected to every website they visit, phone call they make or app they download. After watching this provocative exploration of what actually lies between the lines of those tiny-font agreements, however, you may just hurl your computer out the window and take to a cave. With fascinating examples, comical gags and terrifying facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback investigates what governments and corporations are doing with your “personal” information. Regardless of privacy settings, data is being collected and behaviour is being monitored—as you read this, in fact—leaving the future of civil liberties uncertain. But are we really living in such a dystopian conspiratorial world? From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted into a real-time surveillance state, click by click.

Followed by a discussion lead by Memoria Viva Society



11:50am Documentary: IN THE SHADOW OF BORDERS




Is Canada the welcoming country for migrants it likes to call itself? In the Shadow of Borders challenges this myth and, through personal stories of detention, denial of essential services, labour exploitation and deportation, exposes how precarious are the lives of those without status.

By connecting histories—of indigenous sovereignty, of Canada’s role in displacement, of its discriminatory policies—this documentary portrays grassroots resistance to xenophobic governmental practices and the struggle of migrants for freedom of movement.

Followed by a presentation by JONN KMECH from AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.



1:00pm Documentary: NUTAK – Memories of a Resettlement



“There will be other people who will tell the stories and they will tell them differently. That’s how stories are told.” Shuashim Nui, Innu Elder

In a 1948 clandestine operation, 100 Mushuau Innu – an indigenous hunting people of Northern Labrador, Canada – were ordered into the cargo hold of a ship and transported far beyond their lands.

To this day, the events remain shrouded in mystery. – A ship, piercing winds, the death of a young man and insurmountable mountains. – All are recurring fragments, parts of a jigsaw puzzle with many missing pieces. Though only a short two-year period, the move to Nutak was an omen for what was to follow. It marked the first attempt of the Canadian government to settle the nomadic Mushuau Innu.

After decades of settlement and silence, Innu elders wanted to revisit Nutak and tell their memories. This film follows their call.

Followed by a discussion lead by Memoria Viva Society



4:00pm Documentary: PEHONAN



Documentary short concentrated on the over-representation of Indigenous people in Edmonton Alberta’s homeless population.

Followed by a discussion lead by Film Maker COTY SAVARD.

5:00pm Documentary: BALMORAL HOTEL



A dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside serves as a haunting metaphor for the life of a First Nations sex worker in this powerful short documentary from director Wayne Wapeemukwa.

Followed by a presentation by JUANITA MURPHY from CEASE.




5:30pm Documentary: THE HAND THAT FEEDS




At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.

Followed by a presentation by MICHAEL HUGHES from UFCW




7:30pm Documentary:  CITY EMBERS


This project was produced by Sebastian Barrera and directed by Taro Hashimoto

Synopsis In September of 2015, a small group of Boyle Street Community Services – Youth Unit members came together to share their experiences of homelessness in Edmonton. From this, began a two month journey of sharing and creative writing to produce a dramatic short film which reflected the lived experiences of young people who have found themselves homeless, addicted or depressed. The story is weaved from separate lives and experiences, with threads of common struggles, pains, challenges and accomplishments. CITY EMBERS unravels the complex and multi layered realities of three disparaged young adults whose lives are intertwined through circumstances beyond their control.


Sebastian Barrera from Boyle Street Community Services hosts a presentation after Documentary.



8:30pm Documentary Shorts:

FIRST PEOPLES-FIRST SCREEN: Koski kiwetan / Returning to Roots
The Dancing Cop
The Routes / Les Routes
Ghetto Trapped Youth


CHIEF CALVIN BRUNEAU from PAPASCHE Band leads discussion after the shorts.



9:30pm JASON GONDZIOLA presentation on Film Making activism.

10pm SPOKEN WORD Performance by: NASRA ADEM

10:15pm SPOKEN WORD Performance by: SARA K. ALSOUQI


10:45 pm SPOKEN WORD Performance by: KRIS LOR

11 pm Performance by:  MOUNTHZER PADILLA





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