Live Events + Talks


We’re honoured to be hosting over two dozen special guests from around the world for live events and pre-recorded Q&As at this year’s festival. Have a look at the lineup below!


w/ Tanya Talaga & Ansley Simpson, and an introduction by Elder Shirley Williams

w/ Mars Pendleton and Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

w/ James Cullingham, Abdulrahman Matar, Arzu Yildiz Arzu, and Luis Horacio Nájera

w/ Caroline Cox

w/ Mitch Bowmile, Katie Krelove and Dr. Peter Quinby

w/ Dr. Beverly Jacobs in conversation w/ Courtney Montour and Katsitsionni Fox

w/ Shirah Dedman



A ONCE AND FUTURE PEACE | Q&A w/ Eric Daniel Metzgar

BANGLA SURF GIRLS | Q&A w/ Lalita Krishna

GAAMOMINIK | Q&A w/ Karen Watts, Hannah Lemelin & Christa Lemelin

IT IS NOT OVER YET | Q&A w/ Louise Detlefsen


WUHAN WUHAN | Q&A w/ Yung Chang

YOUTH V GOV | Post-film discussion w/ Shaelyn Wabegijig, Cam Douglas and Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) 


Thursday January 27, 2022 | 7:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM w/ Tanya Talaga & Ansley Simpson

Tanya Talaga on the left, Ansley Simpson on the right

Tanya Talaga is an Anishinaabe journalist and speaker. Talaga’s mother’s family is from Fort William First Nation and her father was Polish-Canadian. For more than 20 years, she was a journalist at the Toronto Star covering everything from health to education, investigations and Queen’s Park. She’s been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism and been part of teams that won two National Newspaper Awards for Project of the Year. Her first book, Seven Fallen Feathers, is a national bestseller, winning the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult. The book was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction.

Ansley Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe musician, artist, writer and member of Alderville First Nation known for poetic lyrics, deeply moving vocal-only performances, and dream-like arrangements. The Tkaronto-based songwriter garnered two Indigenous Music Nominations and won Best New Artist in 2018 for their debut album “Breakwall”. In 2021, their collaborative work on Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s album “Theory of Ice” landed a coveted place on the shortlist for the Polaris Prize. Ansley’s a natural performer that holds audiences spellbound with story-telling embedded both in and out of their songs. Their songwriting process was featured in an episode of APTN’s Indigenous Music series “Amplify” for their single “Firewater” and their original score enlivened the powerful message throughout Tanya Talaga’s award-winning documentary “Spirit to Soar”. Ansley’s highly anticipated sophomore album “She Fell from the Sky” is a journey through Indigenous reclamation coming out in 2022 on their label Gizhiiwe (GIH jzee way).

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Saturday January 29, 2022 | 2:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM Q&A w/ Karleen Pendleton Jiménez and Mars Pendleton

Mars Pendleton (they/them) is a cosplayer artist, cat person and Netflix binger. They created the film My Life with Rainbows about how their family was created through their two lesbian mothers and their father who helped them out. They also explain how it would help if schools provided more education about queer families so they wouldn’t have to deal with so many questions from their peers. In this talk Mars will be in conversation with their parent, celebrated author Karleen Pendleton Jiménez.

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez is the author of the children’s novel The Street Belongs to Us.  She wrote the award-winning animated film Tomboy and teaches education, gender, and social justice at Trent University. S/he is the mom of Mars.

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Sunday January 30, 2022 | 2:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM Q&A w/ James Cullingham, Abdulrahman Matar, Arzu Yildiz Arzu & Luis Horacio Nájera

James Cullingham is an award winning documentary filmmaker, historian and journalist with Tamarack Productions based in Nogojiwanong – Peterborough. His documentaries concerning social justice, history and popular culture have been screened around the world. Cullingham was an executive producer with CBC Radio and has been published by Canada’s leading newspapers and magazines. He is an Adjunct Graduate Faculty Member in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. Cullingham is also a part time professsor in the Faculty of Arts at Seneca College. He has recently released a book “Two Dead White Men – Duncan Campbell Scott, Jacques Soustelle and the Failure of Indigenous Policy” (Seneca Press.).

Abdulrahman Matar is a Syrian-born writer, journalist, poet and novelist. He is a member of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile group, the Syrian writers’ Association, and the Writers’ Union of Canada. He came to Ontario as a refugee in 2015. Matar is the founder and director of the Mediterranean Studies Center and Syrian-Mediterranean Cultural Forum – SEEGULL. He has published five books and is a researcher in Euro-Mediterranean relations and human rights, and an activist for civil society issues. As a result of his writings, he has been arrested five times and spent nearly 10 years in prison. His novel “Wild Mirage” is about his experiences as a prisoner of conscience. Matar was interviewed by PEN’s Student Intern, Sara Taslim.

Arzu Yildiz Arzu graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University in TV Journalism Department and has worked as a journalist, editor, and senior reporter. She has written critical pieces of investigative journalism about unresolved murder cases in the Southeast against Kurdish businessmen and illegal weapons supply to Syria. She has four books published (New Canadian Media).

Luis Horacio Nájera extensively reported violence across the US-Mexico border since 1995. He fled to Canada in 2008 after receiving death threats because of his work as senior correspondent in Ciudad Juárez, one of the world`s most violent cities due to organized crime activity. Recipient of the 2010 International Press Freedom Award by CJFE, and one of 2011 Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett awards. Member of Massey College and PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile network. Author -with Peter Edwards- “The Wolfpack: The millennial mobsters who brought chaos and the cartels to the Canadian underworld”, Random House of Canada, 2021. As part of his reinvention in exile, Luis completed a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University.

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Monday January 31, 2022 | 7:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM Q&A w/ Caroline Cox

Caroline Cox is a Northwest Territories-based filmmaker who lives off-grid and specializes in projects that focus on the culture, environment and lifestyles of Canada’s far north. Raised on a farm in Southern Ontario, Cox moved to the NWT as a young woman working as a folk musician before embracing film as her preferred medium for story-telling. A self-taught cinematographer and editor, Caroline brings a raw authentic lens to her storytelling in the remote part of Canada she has come to call home.

Caroline is the producer and director of the hit TV series Wild Kitchen, and CBC series NorthernHer. Caroline also works as an Associate Producer for the Discovery Channel and is a co-founder at Copper Quartz Media with her business partner and Inuk performing artist, Tiffany Ayalik. Food For The Rest of Us is Caroline and Tiffany’s first feature-length documentary film. The film is a Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund recipient as well as a Doc Society Good Pitch and Redford Centre selected project.

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Tuesday February 1, 2022 | 7:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM Q&A w/ Dr. Peter Quinby, Katie Krelove & Mitch Bowmile

Dr. Peter Quinby is the founding executive director of Ancient Forest Exploration & Research (created in 1992). ​ Since 2004, he has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Scientist of AFER. He has studied landscape ecology and conservation since 1980. ​As a graduate student at Yale University, he was involved in watershed-ecosystem studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire.

Katie Krelove is the Wilderness Committee’s first-ever Ontario Campaigner. She works to build relationships and advocate towards strong campaigns to advance the Wilderness Committee’s goals of people-powered wilderness preservation for the benefit of all in Ontario. ​ Her work allows her to share her values and passion for facilitating nature engagement and protection through grassroots social movements. Katie wants to see a longer moratorium on logging instituted in the Catchacoma Forest so that more re- search can be conducted ultimately resulting in protective status.

Mitch Bowmile is a Canadian documentary filmmaker telling stories that explore our connection with nature through adventure, conservation, and outdoor recreation.

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Wednesday February 2, 2022 | 7:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM Q&A w/ Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Katsitsionni Fox & Courtney Montour

Dr. Beverly Jacobs (Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Bear Clan) is a recently appointed Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach at the University of Windsor and she practices law part-time at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  Her research focuses on Indigenous Legal Orders, Indigenous Wholistic Health, Indigenous Research Methodologies, and Decolonization of Eurocentric Law. Beverly has obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1994, a Master of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and a PhD from the University of Calgary in 2018.  Dr. Jacobs is a former President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (elected 2004 to 2009).

Courtney Montour is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) filmmaker from Kahnawà:ke, whose work explores issues of Indigenous identity. Her films include Flat Rocks and Sex Spirit Strength, and documentary series Skindigenous and Mohawk Ironworkers. Courtney’s recent documentary Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again (produced by the National Film Board of Canada) is currently screening at festivals internationally.

Katsitsionni Fox is a Mohawk filmmaker sharing empowering stories of resilient Indigenous women. Her debut film was the award winning Ohero:kon – Under the Husk, a 26-min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Katsitsionni received the Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival in 2016, as well as the Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking Award at LA Skins Fest in 2016. This film received funding from Vision Maker Media and has been broadcast on many PBS stations since 2017. Her most recent film, Without a Whisper – Konnon:kwe is an untold story of how Indigenous women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality. Without a Whisper received an audience award at Woods Hole Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner at Female Voices Rock Film Festival, and Best Documentary Short at Red Nations Film. Katsitsionni has been selected as a 2021 Nia Tero Storytelling Fellow, focused on amplifying Indigenous creatives working on innovative projects rooted in culture, environment and story. She was also a 2021 Jackson Wild Multicultural Alliance Fellow.

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Thursday February 3, 2022 | 7:00PM EST | Reserve Tickets
LIVESTREAM Q&A w/ Shirah Dedman, hosted by Charmaine Magumbe

Shirah Dedman had a diverse career in the entertainment industry – with positions at William Morris Agency, DirectTV and Paramount Pictures – before her desire to create and her passions for foodways, health and film led her to pursue independent filmmaking and a radically new professional path. Her filmmaking efforts culminated in producing and directing the full-length documentary, Follow the Drinking Gourd. While specializing in media, food and agriculture, and Black-owned businesses, she provides all kinds of entrepreneurs strategies they need to grow and thrive.   

Shirah is a licensed attorney with a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.

Charmaine Magumbe is a Jamaican-born Zimbabwean Canadian who is a community social activist and a business co-owner of online Afrocentric business, Zingha. She is the mother of five and grandmother of three. Charmaine resides in Peterborough, where she is one of the leading voices in race relations.

Charmaine has been active in planning various events in the Peterborough community at different venues from schools, parks and community centers. These events range from Black Lives Matter rallies, a number of events for the Community Race Relations Committee, Black History Month (BHM), Asian Month, Indigenous Heritage Month, and the International day for the Elimination of racism. She regularly contributes race relations articles to the local Peterborough media.

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Payal Kapadia | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai based filmmaker and artist. She studied Film Direction at the Film & Television Institute of India. Her short films Afternoon Clouds and And What Is The Summer Saying premiered respectively at the Cinefondation and the Berlinale. She is a Berlinale Talents alumna and participated in 2019 at the Cinefondation-Residence du Festival Cannes. 

Her first feature length film A Night of Knowing Nothing was selected for Director’s Fortnight Cannes 2021 where it won the Golden Eye Prize for Best Documentary. 

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Eric Daniel Metzgar | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Eric Daniel Metzgar is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker based in Pacifica, California. He is a two-time Sundance Documentary Lab Fellow. He directed, shot and edited Reporter about New York Times journalist Nichoas Kristof’s trip through the wartorn Democratic Republic of Congo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on HBO, and was nominated for an Emmy Award and Cinema for Peace’s International Film Award. Metzgar also directed, shot and edited Life. Support. Music. (PBS/POV, 2008) and The Chances of the World Changing (PBS/POV, 2006), which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Metzgar also edited and produced Crime + Punishment (Emmy Winner, Sundance, Hulu, Oscar shortlist), Give Up Tomorrow (Emmy-nominated, POV), and Almost Sunrise (Emmy-nominated, POV). For the last five years, Metzgar has taught Buddhist meditation in Deuel Vocational Institution, a maximum security prison in California. Metzgar and his wife, a musician, have two young children.

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Lalita Krishna | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Lalita Krishna is an award- winning documentary filmmaker whose documentaries have screened on all major networks, and featured at film festivals around the world. Lalita’s documentaries have been acclaimed for bringing important topics to the forefront and have often been a catalyst for change. Lalita is the Writer and Producer of ‘Bangla Surf Girls’ which had its world premier at Hot Docs 2021 and has screened at over 27 international festivals and won 9 international awards. Lalita is the winner of the 2021 Don Haig award given by Hot Docs to a producer who has made significant contribution through their body of work, the 2013 Crystal Award for mentorship given by WIFT(Women in Film and Television), the Trailblazer(2012) award given by the Reel World Film Festival and is the recipient of the Dream Catcher award given by the Hope and Dreams Festival NJ, for using her craft to better humanity.

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Karen Watts, Hannah Lemelin & Christa Lemelin | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Karen Watts (Gaamominik), is an Odawa survivor/storyteller from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island. Karen holds a B.A. and Master’s Degree from Trent University and a Business Administration – Human Resources Diploma from Fleming College. During her academic studies as a mature student she won numerous awards including the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award, Academic Achievement Bursary from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory (x2), the Ken E. Kidd Award and the Elizabeth Bigwin Award from Trent University. Grounded in Traditional Anishinaabe Teachings and guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Gaamomink (Karen) strives to live her life to the fullest (Bimaadiziwin). 

Hannah Lemelin is already an accomplished film producer at the age of 19 years. Proud of her Métis culture and heritage, she has worked on student projects at Adam Scott CVI such as Progressing Through Illusions and a short bio on Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk as a director, editor and writer. Her other accomplishments include camera work on a web series called Grace and Justice and a production for Cogeco YourTV titled Politically Speaking, as well as her short film, Before My Eyes. 

Hannah has been recognized by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, receiving various awards for her academic achievements and is currently working on a KPR Documentary with an Indigenous Consultant. Hannah’s dream is to one day become a film director and is currently enrolled at the Toronto Film School.

Christa Lemelin is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.  She is also an alumnus of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, having recently obtained her Certificate in Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence. She is currently an Environmental Compliance Specialist and Project Manager who has led a successful team in the environmental consulting industry for over 16 years.  Her abilities have ranged from technical field work to high level project management, negotiation and consultation, all within a variety of environments (i.e. public and private sector, First Nation communities, etc.). 

She is the President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (Peterborough & District Wapiti Métis Council) and has been active on Council for the last decade to help meet the ongoing needs of Métis families and citizens in her community.  She is also a member of the Region 6 Consultation Committee for the Métis Nation of Ontario, and has been responsible in providing leadership and guidance with community partners and government for a number of environmental and climate change policy issues.  Her knowledge and experience in environmental policy and regulations has helped ensure that meaningful consultation and project implementation are taking place.

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Louise Detlefsen | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Louise Detlefsen graduated from the Danish school of journalism in 1996 and since 2000 has been working as a documentary filmmaker. Louise has directed numerous documentaries reaching a wide audience. The films show strong solidarity with the characters while achieving a strong artistic expression. Her latest documentary film Fat Front had its international premiere at Idfa 2019 in the Frontlight section.

Her films have been shown on both television and at festivals all over Europe, and her debut film From Barbie to Babe premiered at IDFA. In addition, she has won awards such as the Bent-award at the MIX film festival in 2014 with the film Love Birds and the award for best documentary series at the TV festival in 2007 with the tv series My Best Teacher.

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Heather Hatch | On-Demand| Reserve Tickets

Heather Hatch is a Haida (First Nations) filmmaker whose focus is on writing and directing films that explore female and Indigenous stories. This approach extends to her latest project, Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace, where she looks at the devastating impacts of land development on Indigenous ways of life.

She seeks the truth with a tenderness for her characters. Her first documentary, Jaat Sdiihltl’lxa: Woman Who Returns, follows her adoption into her Haida clan and examines themes of female empowerment and identity – premiering at the Edmonton International Film Festival and seven international festivals. She wrote for CBC’s Peace River Rising, a digital short documentary about the rise of violence against Indigenous women in the presence of a transient workforce. Her CBC Childrens’ pilot, The Girl Who Talks to the Moon, promotes her Haida language and culture. Heather is a recipient of the Gil Cardinal Legacy Fund award, WIFTV Banff Fellowship, Whistler Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Program, and Netflix Diversity of Voice Initiative – Banff World Media Festival. She served on the board of DOC Alberta in communications for two years and currently serves on the Diversity Committee for WIFTA .

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PRE-RECORDED Q&A w/ Yung Chang | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Yung Chang Yung Chang is the director of Up the Yangtze 《沿江而上》(2007), China Heavyweight 《千錘百鍊》(2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, 《茄子》. In 2015, Chang was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs for Eggplant, 《茄子》. Award-winning short documentary, Pandemic19, co-directed by Annie Katsura Rollins, qualified for the 2021 Academy Awards and will premiere on World Channel on February 1, 2021 and Al Jazeera World on January 17, 2021. ​ 

Wuhan Wuhan (2021), a feature observational documentary, had its World Premiere at Hot Docs Festival 2021 in the Special Presentations program. The film is a testament to the universality of our collective pandemic experience, that no matter what country, no one is immune to disease and that we, as a human species, share the same humanity in our struggle to survive.

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PRE-RECORDED DISCUSSION w/ Shaelyn Wabegijig, Cam Douglas & Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) | On-Demand | Reserve Tickets

Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) is an innovative experiential-learning program based in Peterborough, Ontario that prepares grade 11 and 12 students for leadership roles in sustainability initiatives at the local and global levels. The YLS program takes us into our forests, communities, and the larger region! Our hands-on learning experiences outside and within the traditional classroom are rich and incorporate teachings from Indigenous and global perspectives.YLS is a Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board program in partnership with Trent University, the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) and Fleming College. 

Shaelyn Wabegijig, (kwe/she/her) is a 24 year old member of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation, Caribou Clan. Her family is from Timiskaming First Nation, Irish and German, and she grew up in Mnjikaning, Rama First Nation. She has been living in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough since she started at Trent University in 2014, later receiving her undergraduate honours degree in Inidgenous Studies and Philosophy. She has worked with multiple Indigenous-environmental and sustainability organizations, including Biish Maadziwin, Plenty Canada and TRACKS Youth Program. She currently works at the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) as the Program and Outreach Coordinator, and project coordinator for the Sustainable Development Goals project, centering Indigenous Leadership and prioritizing leaving no one behind (March 2020-2021), and currently for KWIC’s local Gender Equality  project (March 2021-2022). Her experience suing the Ontario Government for their inaction on climate change, being part of the Sacred Water Circle, being a board member for GreenUP, and other engagements are important experiences that she continues to learn from.

Cam Douglas grew up in Etobicoke, went to university in Waterloo, lived on the BC coast for 5 years and has made his home in Nogojiwanong for the past 20 years.  He has taught with the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board for the past 17 years and his focus in class has always been on helping youth find their place and voice within the myriad of planetary challenges unfolding. In 2018 he founded the Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) program that helps provide grade 11 and 12 students the confidence and opportunity to connect with and advocate for a more sustainable planet and community.  Cam also plays an active role in local municipal issues, especially those focused on biodiversity protection and transportation.  He looks forward every January to watching the invigorating range of ReFrame films with his students and family.

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