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Apr 8th 2017 – Hasan Diab documentary and talk with supporters – Final Cinema Academica of the season

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Saturday, April 8, 2017

(Short) Film showing “Rubber stamped,” the Hassan Diab Story.

Hassan Diab, a sociology professor at Carleton University, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the deadly bombing of a Paris synagogue that occurred 28 years prior in 1980.

The Canadian judge who extradited Hassan Diab described the French case as “weak” and concluded that a conviction was unlikely if tried in a Canadian court.
Under the flawed extradition law however, the judge felt he had no other option but send Hassan to France.
France’s new anti-terrorism laws permit courts to rely on secret “intelligence,” whose contents or sources have never been disclosed to Mr. Diab.
After 6 years of imprisonment and house arrest in Canada, Mr. Diab was extradited to France in 2014.

Because of France’s documented history of using torture evidence in anti-terrorism investigations and trials, human rights and civil liberties groups opposed the unconditional extradition given concerns that if delivered to France, Dr. Diab–a Canadian citizen–may face trial based on evidence potentially derived from torture.

Since his jailing, French investigative judges recommended that he be released on bail, saying there was reliable evidence that he was not in Paris at the time of the bombing.  An appeal panel over-turned these recommendations saying that Diab’s release would be a ”threat” to “public order”.
Hassan’s Canadian lawyer Don Bayne, said Mr. Diab, a Muslim Canadian in Lebanon, is Canada’s Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew wrongly accused during a strongly anti-Semitic time.

It has now been more than two years that Mr. Diab has been held in pre-trial detention in France. We are calling on the Government of Canada to raise Mr. Diab’s case with the French authorities. We have the gravest concern that this case represents a profound miscarriage of justice and the time to act is long overdue.

For more info:
Justice for Hassan Diab website: www.justiceforhassandiab.org
Please sign and share our e-petition to the Government of Canada in support of Dr. Hassan Diab:

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-833

If you are a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada, please sign the e-petition as this would send a strong message that Canadians care and want their government to act.

Only the Clerk of Petitions at Parliament would have access to your information. Your personal information will not be made public.

Please share this announcement widely and help us get the Canadian government to intervene to put an end to the plight of Hassan and his family!

Friends of Hassan Diab Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofhassandiab/

The film will be followed by a PANEL DISCUSSION

Ask  questions about Hassan Diab’s current detention in France and  the failure of Canada’s justice system and extradition law to protect him.
Some parallels can be drawn with the infamous Dreyfus case (1894).

Learn about  the roadblocks to Hassan’s freedom and return to his family in Canada.

Offer ideas about what you can do to help.

Panel:  (all members of the Hassan Diab Support Committee)

Jo Wood,  Human Rights Activist and former professor at Carleton U.

Colin Stuart, Human Rights Activists and former professor at Carleton U.

Roger Clark, Human Rights Activist and former Director of Amnesty International – Canada


Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-CinemaAcademica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

April 1st Mystery Showing

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 1st  will be a surprise theme and discussion.
Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339


Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-Cinema-Academica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

Upcoming Cinema Academica Showings- mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8 2017

 

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Taken for a ride

Join us with host Lazar Ilic for the Cinema Academica showing of “Taken for a Ride,” the film that exposed the auto and oil industry campaign to destroy public transit, and its devastating impact on American Cities.  55min

Upcoming at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 1st  will be a surprise theme and discussion.
Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Saturday, April 8, 2017

(Short) Film showing “Rubber stamped,” the Hassan Diab Story.
Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Hassan Diab, a sociology professor at Carleton University, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the deadly bombing of a Paris synagogue that occurred 28 years prior in 1980.

The Canadian judge who extradited Hassan Diab described the French case as “weak” and concluded that a conviction was unlikely if tried in a Canadian court.

Under the flawed extradition law however, the judge felt he had no other option but send Hassan to France.

France’s new anti-terrorism laws permit courts to rely on secret “intelligence,” whose contents or sources have never been disclosed to Mr. Diab.
After 6 years of imprisonment and house arrest in Canada, Mr. Diab was extradited to France in 2014.

Because of France’s documented history of using torture evidence in anti-terrorism investigations and trials, human rights and civil liberties groups opposed the unconditional extradition given concerns that if delivered to France, Dr. Diab–a Canadian citizen–may face trial based on evidence potentially derived from torture.

Since his jailing, French investigative judges recommended that he be released on bail, saying there was reliable evidence that he was not in Paris at the time of the bombing.  An appeal panel over-turned these recommendations saying that Diab’s release would be a ” threat” to “public order”.

Hassan’s Canadian lawyer Don Bayne, said Mr. Diab, a Muslim Canadian in Lebanon, is Canada’s Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew wrongly accused during a strongly anti-Semitic time.

It has now been more than two years that Mr. Diab has been held in pre-trial detention in France. We are calling on the Government of Canada to raise Mr. Diab’s case with the French authorities. We have the gravest concern that this case represents a profound miscarriage of justice and the time to act is long overdue.

For more info:
Justice for Hassan Diab website: www.justiceforhassandiab.org

Friends of Hassan Diab Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofhassandiab/

This will be followed by a PANEL DISCUSSION

Ask  questions about Hassan Diab’s current detention in France and  the failure of Canada’s justice extradition law to protect him.
Some parallels can be drawn with the infamous Dreyfus case (1894).

Learn about  the roadblocks to Hassan’s freedom and return to his family in Canada.

Offer ideas about what you can do to help.

Panel:  (all members of the Hassan Diab Support Committee)

Jo Wood,  Human Rights Activist and former professor at Carleton U.

Colin Stuart, Human Rights Activists and former professor at Carleton U.

Roger Clark, Human Rights Activist and former Director of Amnesty International – Canada


Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-Cinema-Academica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

 

 

 

 

Sat Mar 18, 7pm – Requiem for the American Dream

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Requiem for the American Dream

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Requiem for the American Dream” offers a crisp encapsulation of Noam Chomsky’s thoughts on where corporate political influence and expanding economic equality are taking our nation as a whole — in a handbasket or otherwise. Needless to say, the diagnosis is not good, if not quite terminal yet, either.


“… he[Noam] outlines the “Ten Principals of Concentration of Wealth and Power” that have created rapidly growing income inequality and myriad related problems in the U.S. today… a damning case against entrenched forces among the nation’s economic elite as having deliberately sowed a “vicious cycle” that increases wealth at the top while shrinking opportunity for everyone else…

His 10 principles include reducing broad democratic participation in governance; shifting the nation’s economic base from manufacture (which employs/benefits all) to the finance games of stock market and credit; shifting the tax burden to relieve the well-off; deregulation; election engineering (crowned by Citizens United, the masterstroke in empowering corporate influence on and within government); eroding the power of organized labor; promoting the mass distraction of frivolous consumerism; and “marginalizing the population” by splitting them into impotent factions angry at each other (rather than those at the top).”
(from the review by Dennis Harvey in Variety)

Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-CinemaAcademica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

Sat. Mar 11th – We Are Wisconsin showing at Cinema Academica

CINEMA ACADEMICA
FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

We are Wisconsin

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

We are Wisconsin 1h45m
When a Republican Governor’s bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens force their way into the Wisconsin State Capitol, joining thousands of protesters who spend the next twenty-six days launching a popular uprising that not only challenges the bill, but the soul of a nation.Please excuse the late notification.

 

Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-Cinema-Academica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

RESCHEDULED! tonight’s show TBD Sat March 4 – Requiem for the American Dream at Cinema Academica

 

 

 

Unfortunately the Movie Requiem for the American Dream is unavailable for screening this evening. We will try to reschedule this film for a later date this month. Meanwhile, tonight we will have a new show to be determined. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

 

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Requiem for the American Dream is about, according to Dennis Harvey, in Variety :
( http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/requiem-for-the-american-dream-review-1201740392/ )

“…[Noam] he outlines the “Ten Principals of Concentration of Wealth and Power” that have created rapidly growing income inequality and myriad related problems in the U.S. today… a damning case against entrenched forces among the nation’s economic elite as having deliberately sowed a “vicious cycle” that increases wealth at the top while shrinking opportunity for everyone else…

His 10 principles include reducing broad democratic participation in governance; shifting the nation’s economic base from manufacture (which employs/benefits all) to the finance games of stock market and credit; shifting the tax burden to relieve the well-off; deregulation; election engineering (crowned by Citizens United, the masterstroke in empowering corporate influence on and within government); eroding the power of organized labor; promoting the mass distraction of frivolous consumerism; and “marginalizing the population” by splitting them into impotent factions angry at each other (rather than those at the top). ”

Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-CinemaAcademica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

 

Sat Feb 25, Cinema Academica presents: The Real Syria

 

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

This week we will be talking about ‘what is really going on in Syria,’ with some critiques of different media representations of what is going on politically vs the story the media is telling us. Here is a link to one of the clips we will be viewing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUyJV6YaSWY

Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-CinemaAcademica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

 

 

 

Cinema Academica showing: “Freedom Riders”, Sat Feb 18th

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

Saturday, February 18th we will be continuing with the Black History month theme with the historical drama “Freedom Riders,” about interracial groups who challenged racial segregation in the American South by using civil disobedience, sitting on buses where they were not allowed.

Next Week at Cinema Academica:

February 25th we will be changing gears, and talking about ‘what is really going on in Syria,’ with some critiques of different media representations of what is going on politically vs the story the media is telling us.

Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-Cinema-Academica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

Cinema Academica Sat Feb 11 – Selma

 

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

This week at Cinema Academica:

Selma
128 minutes

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall (145 JJ Lussier), University of Ottawa, room 339
Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/
Selma is a 2014 British-American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. Learn about the fight for right for Blacks with us this Black History Month at Cinema Academica.

Cinema Academica an independent student film club hosting film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:

cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-Cinema-Academica/111045945712456Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.