Photo Booth: Solidarity and Journeys Across Borders

A Screening + Conversation with John Greyson and Michael Lynk

Film still from John Greyson’s Photo Booth.

December 10, 2023 – International Human Rights Day
University College, Western University
1151 Richmond Street, London, ON

Film Screening: Sunday, December 10, 3-5 PM at UC1401, University College
Conversation: Sunday, December 10, 7-8:30PM at Conron Hall, University College

This event is free.

As part of Queer Cinema for Palestine: No Pride in Genocide, the Embassy Cultural House (ECH) is proud to present a screening of the powerful, experimental documentary, Photo Booth (2022) by Canadian director, activist, and artist John Greyson. To follow is a conversation between Greyson and Michael Lynk, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Law at Western University and Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories from 2016 to 2022. The program will also include a screening of Montreal-based, Palestinian artist and teacher, Razan Al-Salah’s 2017 short film, أبوكي خلق عمره ١٠٠ سنة، زي النك your father was born 100 years old, and so was the Nakba.

Film still from John Greyson’s Photo Booth.

John Greyson’s ability to weave a tapestry of ideas, histories, emotions and potentials and Michael Lynk’s knowledge of and experience with Palestinian human rights issues will ensure both a compelling and critical discussion. In the words of the respected Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, “he thinks of the journey of thought across borders,” and we hope that this event will inspire further conversations about Palestine in London, Ontario, and abroad.

Photo Booth will be available for online screening throughout the duration of Queer Cinema for Palestine through Toronto Queer Film Festival (December 2 – 10).

This event has been organized by ECH Co-founder Jamelie Hassan and ECH Contributing Editor Ira Kazi. This is the second time that ECH has participated in Queer Cinema for Palestine’s global program—the inaugural event was in 2021. Our partners for this event include the Departments of Film Studies and Visual Arts at Western University, People for Peace in London, ON, Independent Jewish Voices in London, ON, and London’s Queer Muslim Association (LQMA). Participating cities in the Queer Cinema for Palestine: No Pride in Genocide program include London, UK for the opening event, followed by Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Berlin, Amsterdam, Beirut, Seoul, and closing with London, ON.

About the Embassy Cultural House (ECH)

In 1983, artists Jamelie Hassan, Ron Benner and jazz musician Eric Stach founded the Embassy Cultural House (1983-1990), which was located in the restaurant portion of the Embassy Hotel at 732 Dundas Street in East London. In 2020, at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Embassy Cultural House was re-envisioned as an artist collective and community-driven website by Tariq Hassan Gordon. The virtual and in-person programming is a collaborative effort by contributors, editors, partners and volunteers to celebrate the art community in London, Ontario—its past and present, and its many connections across Canada and around the world. As of 2023, the revitalized Embassy Cultural House has initiated over 20 projects and eight publications.

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University College at Western University is accessible.

This event is generously supported by Queer Cinema for Palestine, the Departments of Film Studies and Visual Arts at Western University, and the ECH community.