On August 11 2020, Karim Kanji sat down with actor and filmmaker, Steve Kaszas . Kaszas is the lead actor in the award-winning feature, Speak Your Mind. The film recently won Best Feature at last year’s Toronto Independent Film Festival.
Nadia George is an award-winning actress, and Indigenous Rights and Youth Advocate.
Nadia George works closely with organizations such as The Child Welfare Political Action Committee of Canada; a not-for-profit which advocates for positive outcomes for youth aging out of care and MotiV8 Canada which works collaboratively with Public Figures and Influencers, to shed light around Mental Health and Well-being in Indigenous Communities, through the use of various Art forms and Workshops.
Nadia George stars in “Along the Water’s Edge ” which is a short lyrical film that addresses the water crises being faced by countless Indigenous communities across Canada. Set in the near future, the film explores the potential impacts these crises can have on Indigenous people’s living in these communities should the issues continue to be ignored.
This is Episode #233 of the Welcome! podcast.
Tina Jung is an award-winning Korean-Canadian actor, writer, and producer. she stars in the upcoming feature film QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM which follows her character, a 29-year-old immigrant sex worker and her self-aware 10-year-old daughter Mona, as they embark on a journey of emancipation.
This is Episode #214 of the Welcome! podcast.
My next guest is award-winning. Seriously. She’s a winner. Listen to this list of awards:
- Winner: Best New Play (2015)
- Winner: Female Action Performer of the Year (2015)
- Winner: Best Actress (2016)
- Winner: Best Action Short (2015)
She has also been nominated a bunch of times for a bunch of awards.
This past year, her comedy series, Second Jen, was nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Please welcome to the show actor, writer, producer, director and kick ass martial artist, Samantha Wan!
This is Episode #177 of the Welcome! podcast.
Mr. Toilet made its world premiere on April 27 2019 at North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Nearly 60% of people worldwide do not have access to safe sanitation facilities.
Globally, almost a billion people continue to defecate in public which risks the spread of disease.
Everyday, 1,000 children die from water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases. These deaths are preventable.
Please welcome to the show Director, Lily Zepeda and activist, Jack Sim.
This is Episode #176 of the Welcome! podcast.
The World Or Nothing made its World Premiere on Saturday April 27th at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival.
Produced and directed by my next guest, The World Or Nothing follows two Cuban brothers in Barcelona looking to make it big. What does it mean to make it big in today’s online and always on world?
My next guest explores this question through the eyes of 29 year old Cuban twin brothers trying to gain international recognition as a singing, dancing duo.
Please welcome to the show, Ingrid Veninger.
This is Episode #175 of the Welcome! podcast.
Shasha Nakhai is a filmmaker based out of Toronto with both Compy Films and Storyline Entertainment. Shasha’s award-winning films have screened at festivals and aired on TV worldwide, been released on iTunes, gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week.
This is Episode #152 of the Welcome! podcast.
- Shasha Nakhai was born in Nigeria to parent from Persian and Philippine backgrounds.
- Shasha came on a student visa to study but now is a proud Canadian and new owner of plaid pants!
- She studied journalism and radio and TV from 2005 until 2009 at Ryerson University. Shasha also attended Sheridan and Humber to finish her formal education.
- Shasha Nakhai was the director of Take Light which is a movie about the energy crisis in her Nigerian hometown.
- Shasha produced the 2017 Oscar “nominated” short doc, Frame 394 which was about the shooting of an unarmed man in South Carolina.
- Shasha Nakhai is also producing the movie adaptation of the award-winning book, Scarborough (which was written by Catherine Hernandez).
A celebrated storyteller, Mike Downie is a writer, director, and producer of numerous television shows and documentaries, as well as the co-founder of the The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.