Theatre Meets Activism | with Nadia Murad, Yazda & Rachel Browne
August 6, 2016, 8pm
LACE Productions & Koffler Centre of the Arts invite you to join Nadia Murad (Yazidi woman and Nobel Peace Prize nominee), Rozin Hanjool (Women’s Affairs Manager, Yazda) and Hannah Rittner (writer of The Unbelievers at the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival) in a conversation with Rachel Browne (Staff Reporter, VICE News). The speakers will share their responses to The Unbelievers. Using the issues raised in the play as a springboard, the speakers will discuss the crisis of the Yazidi people and ways Canada can help.
Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who survived the massacre of her family and sexual enslavement by ISIS. In December 2015, Yazda arranged for Nadia to speak at the UN Security Council’s first ever session on human trafficking. Recently, high profile international law and human rights law barrister, Amal Clooney, signed on to represent Yazda and victims of the Yazidi genocide, including Nadia, at the International Criminal Court. On July 19th, Nadia and Murad Ismael, Yazda’s executive director, addressed the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration as part of a study on Immigration Measures to Protect Vulnerable Groups. Nadia now lives in Germany and appears in Toronto as a guest of the Goethe-Institut.
Yazda is a global organization leading initiatives to restore the Yazidi community and uplift survivors of the ongoing Yazidi Genocide.
Rozin is a Yazidi woman and the Women’s Affairs Manager for Yazda – a global organization leading initiatives to restore the Yazidi community and uplift survivors of the ongoing Yazidi Genocide. Rozin and has provided invaluable consultant support to ensure The Unbelievers is written and produced with cultural sensitivity and impact. She now lives in England, having left Iraq at a young age when it became too dangerous for her family to stay.
Rachel is a correspondent at VICE News in Toronto who covers a wide range of topics including human rights, religion, and crime. Her recent reporting includes pieces on Yazidi mass graves in Kurdistan and migrant children held in immigration detention in Canada. Prior to VICE News, Rachel was a reporter at Maclean's magazine.
Hannah is an advocate, LACE’s Creative Director, and graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts MFA in Dramatic Writing, where she received the Chair's Award in Excellence. She was nominated for the 2014-15 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Love & Exile. She is a member of the 2016 Playwright’s Retreat at the Stratford Festival and Nightwood Theatre’s 2016-17 Write from the Hip Program. In July 2016, Hannah acted as an ally to Nadia Murad and Murad Ismael during their testimony to the House of Commons. With Ashley Peoples (LACE Development & Advocacy Associate) she facilitated meetings between Nadia, Murad, and Canadian leaders, and hopes this inspiring work continues. Hannah is represented by Ian Arnold of Catalyst TCM.
This event is co-presented by LACE Productions and the Koffler Centre of the Arts with support from an anonymous donor, The Goethe-Institut, Yazda, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, Laifun Chung and Ted Kotcheff, York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies, and York University’s Centre for Human Rights.