Film discusses coming out in Muslim communities

On Sept. 30, the second show of the night at the One World Film Festival was ABU. It was presented by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), and Arshad Khan, a queer Muslim filmmaker from Pakistan. The 80-minute film follows the struggles of a gay man coming out in his community, and its impact on his relationship with his devout Muslim father, Abu. It explores themes of family, culture, religion, sexuality, colonialism, and migration. Jeremy Dias, director and founder of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, gave the introductory speech before the film was played. He spoke about the centre’s advocacy work around LGBTQ+ issues in Ottawa. “This film is near and dear to my heart […]

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Carleton student’s YouTube show goes viral

Anas Marwah, a Carleton master’s of political management student, has gained major media attention this March for his political satire YouTube channel The Weekly Show. Marwah’s work was featured in an article on the New York Times’ front page, across local news outlets such as the Ottawa Citizen, Metro Ottawa, CTV Ottawa, and CBC Ottawa, and in Al Arabiya News, a major pan-Arab news network. The Weekly Show gained notoriety for its mockery of ISIS militants in particular, with one of the channel’s most viewed videos being an iPhone parody commercial featuring a phone specially designed for terrorists. Modelled after the satirical style of Jon Stewart and John Oliver, Marwah said the show aims to ridicule ISIS for the sake […]

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