Ali Kazimi Artist Talk & Reception

January 18, 2024 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies

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This event was held at OCAD University, Room 190, Auditorium, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1
OCAD University's Faculty of Art presented: Art Creates Change, The Kim Pruesse Speakers Series. Supported in part by the Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute.
Governor General's Award recipient and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Ali Kazimi, addressed issues of history and social justice from a diaspora lense; specifically, one rooted in India. Kazimi showed clips that speak to the centrality of relational filmmaking in his practice, and the ethical and moral dilemmas in addressing issues of race and representation.
Ali Kazimi (pronounced Ka-Zim-E) is filmmaker, writer, and visual artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history, memory and archive. In 2019 he received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, as well as a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from the University of British Columbia. In 2023 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
His critically acclaimed films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning national and international honours and awards. His awards include the Donald Brittain/Gemini Award for Best Social/Political Documentary; Golden Gate Award, San Fran. Intl. Film Fest; Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival; Best Director & Best Political Documentary, Hot Docs and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and Los Angeles Indian Film Festival. His most recent feature documentary Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence premiered at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in May 2023. The film won the People’s Choice Award at the Planet In Focus Canadian International Environmental Film Festival, and was screened as part of the prestigious Front Light program at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam
Ali Kazimi is also a Professor of Cinema & Media Arts, at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University. He served as Department Chair from 2015 to 2016, and was promoted to in 2022. In 2021, Ali Kazimi was elected as a Senior Fellow at Massey College.
Sponsor: OCAD University, Faculty of Art
Co-Sponsors: Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute; Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto; OCAD U Department of Graduate Studies; and York Centre for Asian Research
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies


Ali Kazimi

Professor of Cinema & Media Arts, at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University
Filmmaker, Writer, and Visual Artist