The Seventh Annual Celebration of Punjabi at UBC
Presented by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia
At the Juncture of Theatre and Activism
The 2015 program featured a presentation by Punjabi actor and activist Samuel John, in dialogue with Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary performing artist and founder of the Talking Stick Festival for First Nations Performing Arts.
Samuel John uses his theatre not to make money but to spread social awareness among his audiences. His plays deal with the daily experiences of dalits, small farmers and other marginalized people of Punjab, dealing with caste discrimination, the boycott of dalits in villages of Punjab, and the suicides of indebted small farmers. Mr. John has also appeared in three Punjabi films – Mitti, Aatoo Khoji and Anneh Ghore Da Daan (Alms for a Blind Horse). The last film won multiple awards at the 59th National Film Awards in India.
Held at the Dorothy Somerset Studios Theatre at UBC on Thursday March 5, 2015.
Presented in partnership with the Hari Sharma Foundation/Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture, and made possible with the generous help of UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film