CJFE presents Free to Speak with Atom Egoyan and Arsinée Khanjian

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CJFE presents Arsinée Khanjian and Atom Egoyan in Conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti
In Recognition of World Press Freedom Day

Toronto, April 29, 2009 - Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is proud to present the first of the 2009 Free to Speak grano series featuring Atom Egoyan and Arsinée Khanjian in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti.

In keeping with the 2009 theme of World Press Freedom Day - the potential of the media to foster dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation -- Atom Egoyan and Arsinée Khanjian will speak with CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti about the unexpected challenges they confronted in the telling of the story of the Armenian Genocide in making their film "Ararat".

In Turkey, speaking openly about the 1915 Armenian genocide can lead to prosecution. Dozens of Turkish artists, intellectuals and journalists have been prosecuted under Turkish law for the crime of referring to the genocide. Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist and free expression advocate, was assassinated for speaking and writing about this and other human rights issues.

CJFE believes that free expression is the cornerstone of any democracy and salutes all those who work to create dialogue even when dealing with the most uncomfortable truths. As a multicultural nation Canadians are uniquely positioned to encourage public support for free expression across a wide range of issues that have national and international significance. CJFE speaks out on free expression issues in Canada, including on journalists' ability to protect sources, anti-terror legislation, censorship and editorial independence.

CJFE strongly supports and defends the broader objective of freedom of expression in Canada and around the world. In a conversation with Anna Maria, Atom Egoyan and Arsinée Khanjian will describe the political and artistic issues they were forced to confront in the making a film that straddled cultures, as well as historical and political perspectives.

We are proud to present this unique evening with two of Canada's most acclaimed artists and one of our country's most respected journalists.

Atom Egoyan, one of Canada's most celebrated filmmakers and winner of the Grand Prix and International Critics Awards from the Cannes Film Festival and two-time Academy Award nominee.
Arsinée Khanjian, Genie and Gemini Award-winning actor. Recipient of the 2005 Crystal Award for Creative Excellence by Women in Film and Television.
Anna Maria Tremonti, award-winning host of CBC's The Current.

WHEN:Thursday, May 21, 2009 Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Program & Dinner 7:00 p.m. (Locovore Menu)
WHERE: grano, 2035 Yonge St., Toronto
TICKETS: $250 (limited seating) Tax receipts available