Sat, Oct 20, 2018 02:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors Includes same-day Museum admission
Join us as we explore the impact of popular culture and the arts on social change, and its potential for driving social good. Zarqa Nawaz discusses her experience as a Canadian Muslim, and as a woman, and how they informed her career creating mainstream media. From the popular television show Little Mosque on the Prairie, to her most recent book, Laughing all the Way to the Mosque, this lecture is bound to entertain.
Zarqa Nawaz has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and after being rejected from medical school she went on to create several short comedy films that focused on Muslim issues in Canada. When the National Film Board of Canada approached her to do something more serious, she was ready for it. Her 2005 ground-breaking documentary, Me and the Mosque, explored Muslim women’s battle with patriarchy in the mosque. Her comedy hit, Little Mosque on the Prairie, ran on CBC Television between 2007 and 2012. Most recently she has written a bestselling comedic memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, in which she explores what it was like to grow up as a Canadian of Muslim faith.