Screening Diversity and Inclusion

Be sure to join Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS in partnership with the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation for four powerful documentaries on diversity and inclusion.  We will explore complex challenges – such as social inequality, cultural resilience, racial discrimination and post-conflict reconciliation – in a mindful and respectful environment.  All films will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A period.

Stay tuned for more information in the new year!

For more information contact Ronit Yarosky at

An Impactful Collaboration: Screening Diversity and Inclusion

Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS and the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation recognize their alignment for promoting public leadership, community engagement, open dialogue and educational initiatives, and are pleased to be collaborating on an innovative film series.

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS invite you to save the date for “Screening Diversity and Inclusion: A Documentary Film Series” taking place at Jeanne Sauvé House from February to May 2017.

This unique series will showcase four powerful documentaries on diversity and inclusion as well as Q&A sessions with special guests. Join us as we explore complex challenges – such as social inequality, cultural resilience, racial discrimination and post-conflict reconciliation – in a mindful and respectful environment.

Tuesday, February 21 (5:30-7:30pm)

On International Mother Language Day, join us for a screening of Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America (2016), a film that explores the ability of arts and culture to unify communities across the world – from Tibet to a small town in upstate New York. The film uses the story of Tenzin and Yangchen Dorjee as a lens to explore the way Tibetans use the arts to keep their culture alive. The film will be followed by Q&A session with guest speaker Yangchen Dorjee, Founder, Tibetan Arts Festival, Thubten Samdup, former Representative for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Simone Hanchet, Director of Programs, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation.

Tuesday, March 21 (5:30-8:00pm)

On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination , join us for The Central Park Five (2012), a film that relates the story of the five teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman in New York City’s Central Park. From award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, this documentary chronicles The Central Park Jogger case for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice. The film will be followed by Q&A session with guest speaker Fo Niemi, Executive Director, Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, and Ion Valaskakis, President, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation.

Tuesday, April 25 (5:30-7:30pm)

Join us for a screening of My Nazi Legacy (2016), a documentary that explores the relationship between two men, each the sons of high-ranking Nazi officials, and internationally renowned British human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, whose family perished in the Holocaust. Through frank interviews, the men reflect on the crimes of their fathers and the price of forgiveness. The film will be followed by Q&A session with guest speaker Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and Mattias Pum, Austrian Overseas Service Officer.

Tuesday May 23 (5:30-7:30pm)

Join us as we screen Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace (2001), a film that documents the historic first encounter between Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and renowned historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. John Hope Franklin. They are joined in these conversations by an international, interracial group of teenagers. Together, they engage in a series of candid encounters on race and begin an emotional journey towards racial reconciliation. The film will be followed by Q&A session with an intergenerational panel, including guest speaker Adama Kaba, Education Specialist, Equitas.

Location: Jeanne Sauvé House

1514 Docteur-Penfield, Montreal, QC, H3G 1B9

All events are free and open to the public. As seating is limited, registration for each film screening will be mandatory. Please note that online registrations will open in January 2017. For more details, please visit For any questions, please contact Ariane Guay-Jadah (ariane.guay-, Communications Manager, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, or (Ms) Ronit Yarosky (, Director of Donor Engagement and Partnership Development, Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS.

About the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation draws on the example of The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé as a public leader of strength and vision. Its mission is to connect, engage and empower a new generation of public leadership in Canada and around the world to address key global challenges. Through events sponsored by the Jeanne Sauvé Forum, the Foundation engages the Montreal community on globally significant issues while promoting the skills, values and public leadership needed to address them.

Starting in 2017, the Foundation will explore strategies of inclusion to enable public leaders to respond to the complex challenges facing culturally diverse societies.

Twitter: @JSauveFdn

Facebook: @fondationjeannesauve

About Canadian Friends of Mountain Lake PBS

Mountain Lake PBS serves the community with top-quality content and educational services that reach people anywhere they are. Located in Plattsburgh, NY, the organization reaches nearly 4 million people throughout New York, Quebec, Vermont, and Ontario. Mountain Lake PBS is deeply committed to serving its Canadian audience.

The mission of Mountain Lake PBS is to inspire and enrich people and communities through meaningful storytelling, entertainment, education and public engagement. Across genres, platforms and borders, Mountain Lake PBS tells smart, engaging stories that invite people from every walk of life to explore new places, new ideas and new experiences.

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