Threads : Cultural Conversations

Day 1 - 20 January 2021

Morning | 9:45am - 12:00pm

OPENING SPEECHES

WELCOME TO BELONGING (LIVE TALK)
What does it mean to belong?
Annahid Dashtgard

SASKATOON CITYSCAPES: EVOLUTION ACROSS THE CENTURIES
How has immigration in Saskatoon changed across the centuries?
Jeff O’Brien

DIVERSE CONCEPTS OF HOSPITALITY: THE GUEST HOUSE
What is hospitality? How do we invite people in?
Anita Ogurlu and Faly Golshan

INTERLUDES

Afternoon | 1:45pm - 4:00pm

CANADIAN IMMIGRATION: ARRIVING AT YOUR DESTINATION
What are some challenges in immigration then and now?
Steven Meurrens

NUTURING THE SELF: COMFORTABLE IN MY OWN SKIN
Is it possible to belong, even if I’m different?
Taidgh Lynch, Grace Xiao, Michael Afenfia

YOUTH ADAPTATION: YOUTH CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Are Newcomer teens caught in between?
Dr. Jaswant Guzder

APPROACHES TO GRIEF & MOURNING: A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH
How do rituals around death help us live a fulfilled life?
Meera Kachroo and Dr. Brian Chartier

THE ONE & THE MANY: MUSIC & PHILOSOPHY
What can music and philosophy teach about the wonder of living?
Dr. Daniel Regnier

WHAT DO WE KNOW? PERCEPTION VERSUS REALITY
How do our perceptions frame our worldview?
Sepideh Khonsari

INTERLUDES

Day 2 - 21 January 2021

Morning | 9:45am - 12:00pm

RACE RELATIONS: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?
How shall we learn to live together?
Dr. Jaswant Guzder

GLOBALIZATION & IMMIGRATION: WHAT THE WORLD IS HAPPENING OUT THERE?
How are the world and Canada changing?
Kamal Al-Solaylee

WORLDVIEWS: A VIEW FROM A WORLD TRAVELER
How do the people of the world live?
Ali Mehdi

WEARING A CULTURAL IDENTITY: GARMENTS OF DIFFERENCE
How do cultures dress by borrowing ideas from each other?
Anita Ogurlu and Michael Afenfia

EMBODIMENT, MEMORY, MIGRATION, RESILIENCE: EMOTIONAL RESCUE
What are the emotional challenges of being in a new land?
Haleh Mir Miri

ROLES OF NEWCOMER MOTHERS: HEY, IS MOM HOME?
What challenges do Newcomer women face in Canada?
Marina Esiri and Liwen Zhang

INTERLUDES

Afternoon | 1:45pm - 4:00pm

THE BEADING OASIS: STORIES OF BELONGING
How does the craft of Indigenous beadwork transform into new stories?
Ruth Cuthand

FEELING SECURE IN THE 21 CENTURY: THE WALL PROJECT
Why do humans build walls? What are they afraid of?
Faly Golshan

AUTHORITY & CULTURE: “DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW YOUR NAME?”
How do the police perceive diverse cultures?
Ernie Louttit and Michael Afenfia

TONGUES, ACCENTS, POLYGLOTS: LANGUAGE & BELONGING
What is the impact of speaking multiple languages on our worldviews?
Dr. Hyunjung Shin

IDENTITY IN LITERATURE: WRITING THE LITTLE GUY
What might be the benefit of reading about an average person’s experiences?
Michael Afenfia

CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGES: BENEFITS & CHALLENGES OF SAYING “I DO”
What’s it like to marry into another culture?
Anita Ogurlu and Elijah Ren

All interviews filmed and edited by Soul Datta Films, broadcasted by Little Ox Film Co. and filming locations provided by The Two Twenty.