Ageless: Freedom of Expression


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Oct 23, 2022 4:00 PM


Ageless International Film Festival, Hot Docs and PEN Canada present an event in celebration of freedom of expression.

Moving, funny and inspiring, Codename Sally tells the cloak and dagger story of PEN Canada’s game-changing intervention in the Salman Rushdie fatwa. An eloquent defense of freedom of expression that takes on new relevance and urgency in light of the the violent assault on Rushdie in August. Directed by Ari Gunnarsson, written by Sturla Gunnarsson, produced by Suzanne DePoe and Grace Westcott.

Also screening is the epic opening sequence of Deepa Mehta’s film adaptation of Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie’s dazzling second novel. Written and narrated by Rushdie, who is a passionate cinefile. Directed and co-written by Deepa Mehta, produced by David Hamilton.

           Kaveh Shahrooz headshot

After the screenings, Louise Dennys, Ric Young and Sturla Gunnarsson will be on the Hot Docs stage and joined via Zoom by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Deepa Mehta and Ambassador Bob Rae to discuss current issues surrounding freedom of expression both globally and in Canada.

Moderator Kaveh Shahrooz is a lawyer and human rights activist.

Tickets: Pay What You Can

Codename Sally is presented courtesy of PEN Canada.

Main photo credit: PEN Canada

The excerpt from Midnight’s Children is presented by Deepa Mehta and David Hamilton.

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