In this antidote to mainstream-media depictions of Arab men, we get to meet Jay, Ghassan and their friends, who gather at Jamal’s Eden Barber Shop in Edmonton to discuss politics, religion and family over a cut and a shave. Often funny, sometimes sad, this engaging NFB film documents the challenges these men face integrating into Canadian life while preserving their identity and culture.
Screening followed by Q&A with Raja Khouri.
Raja G. Khouri is a leader in social innovation, race relations, advocacy, human rights and inclusion. He is a senior fellow with the Wellesley Institute, co-founder and past president of the Canadian Arab Institute and a ten-year former commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.Raja is a member on the Canada Committee l Human Rights Watch and the co-founder of the Canadian Arab/Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group. He has served on several governmental and civil society bodies, including Pride Toronto Community Advisory Panel, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and was president of the Canadian Arab Federation following the events of 9/11.
In collaboration with the National Film Board.