Film: Constance On the Edge: One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home?
Join us for the Vancouver premier of Constance On the Edge: One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home? with a post-screening discussion. The film highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone. This screening is part of After the Flight: A Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium.
Date: Wednesday, October 18th
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The film is 80 min followed by the Q&A.
Venue: Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St #200, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7
Tickets: $9/students, $11/adults
Buy tickets here. Tickets also available at the door. Open to the public.
About the film: Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. Brave, charismatic Constance, mother of six, confronts her painful past in war torn Sudan, and risks everything in Australia so her family can thrive. ‘In Africa I was fighting for survival; in the refugee camp I was fighting for human rights, and here in Australia, I’m fighting for belonging.’ Mary, Constance’s niece, finds it impossible to find a job in Wagga. Vicky, her daughter, studies every morning from 4am, hoping to get into uni. Charles, 23, is struggling with alienation and depression. Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives. The film also highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone.
Learn more about the film and watch a trailer here.
Read a review from The Guardian.
Join a Post-screening discussion with Kirby Huminuik and Frank Cohn.
Kirby Huminuik, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, holds a Certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and has long worked with refugees and survivors of torture and political violence. She is also a Liu Scholar alumna.
Frank Cohn has a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), B.C.’s largest centre for refugee mental health.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Sponsored by Frames of Mind, hosted by UBC Psychiatry and UBC Mental Health and the Vancouver Immigration Partnership, City of Vancouver.
This event is part of After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium hosted by AMSSA, MOSAIC, ISSofBC, Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), the Vancouver Immigration Partnership, UBC Community Engagement, UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC International Student Development, the UBC Graduate Student Migration Network, and the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office.
Find more details on symposium events between October 11th – October 19th here.