Legacies of the Komagata Maru: Digital Storytelling workshop with Mariam Ahmad & Asam Ahmad, Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 & Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 5-8pm @ Don Montgomery CRC

Workshop content provided by: Mariam Ahmad & Asam Ahmad, Graduate of Asian Arts Freedom School

What: In these workshops we will explore the marginalized and/or hidden histories of the South Asian diaspora in Canada, what it means to be a racialized youth/immigrant today and how to tell our stories through art-based media. In two workshop sessions, we will create a stop-animation short film that tells a collective story, with individual vignettes, and themes and content led by group participants. In the first session we will begin talking about our complex histories,  earning about stop-motion, and  brainstorming ideas for the video. The second workshop will be comprised of story-boarding the narrative, recording individual stories and voiceovers, and crafting the actual visuals for the film.

When:  Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 & Tuesday, June 5th, 2012, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Don Montgomery CRC, 2467 Eglinton Ave E

Fully Accessible. Ward: 35, District: Scarborough. Near: Midland & Eglinton

TTC Information: Travel to Kennedy Station. Board the 86A Scarborough and travel to 2495. Walk west to 2467 Eglinton Avenue East.

Who:  Youth & young adults, ages 16-30 welcome

How: Space is limited! Please contact Deena Hai at deena@cassa.on.ca to register / or location contact

Please register by Friday, May 25th, 4 p.m

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Brown Canada, lead by CASSA, is a community-led history project to encourage South Asian communities to create and document their histories in Canada creatively, through writing, video, interviews, art, theatre or other means. Our collective entry point for this project is through the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, when a ship of South Asian people was denied entry into Canada due to restrictive immigration policy known as the continuous journey regulation. Through this project, we are creating an interactive website, offering educational and creative workshops, producing a short video as well as seeking to tour a short theatre piece to raise awareness of the incident and spark community dialogue within Ontario.





The Asian Arts Freedom School is an art-based radical Asian history and activism program for Asian/Pacific Islander youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Asian = South Asian, West Asian (a.k.a. Arab or Middle-Eastern), Southeast Asian, East Asian, and Central Asian,Pacific Islander, diasporic via the Caribbean and Africa…mixed-race, adoptee, suburban, hood…just got here or been here since the 1800s. Asian stretches from the Phillippines to Palestine, North China to Sri Lanka, Trinidad to Tibet, and all of it ends up in Toronto. We cover various artforms including writing, spoken word, music, visual arts, film, breakdancing, theatre and dance. We are currently running a drop-in creative writing workshop series in Victoria Park, and a theatre/drag musical program to be showcased during Pride Toronto 2012.