Screening Block D In A World… Sat Feb 24 3:30PM
In the early 80s in Quebec, Mona and her partner, Nicole, fought for the right for her partner to adopt their own child who Mona had conceived through artificial insemination. After years in court, parliament approved legislation that would allow same sex couples to adopt.
Director/Producer: Salima Stanley-Bhanji
Salima is a lawyer, filmmaker and yoga teacher. She has worked for almost 10 years in leadership in the not for profit sector and is currently the CEO of Calgary Centre for Global Community and its production house, Humainologie. Salima has created about 20 short films on location across Canada and in Jordan and Bangladesh including the innovative ‘under an umbrella we met’ series, where viewers who watch films on individual tablets can step into the actual shoes of the person they are watching in the film (more at www.underanumbrellawemet.com). In 2015, Salima hiked 1,200 kilometres from Switzerland to Spain to raise awareness of the world’s 59.5 million displaced people. Salima holds both Australian and Canadian citizenships, is half (East) Indian and likes to ride her Vespa, drink cappuccinos and use creativity as a force for spontaneous change.