Amin Kanji is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.
Memory Is Our Homeland is a film by Canadian documentarian, Jonathan Durand. Charting the lost story of Polish refugees in Africa from 1942 to 1952 – this film brings to life a journey that brought a group of children from Poland through Siberia, Iran, India, and East Africa, to new lives in Montreal, Sheffield, and across the global Polish diaspora.
Randell Adjei is Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Hailing from Scarborough, Randell is an author, spoken word artist, educator, community leader and entrepreneur. RISE Edutainment is a social enterprise which seeks to give opportunity to youth across the city.
In this conversation we discuss:
what exactly does a Poet Laureate do
who inspired Randell to take up poetry in the first place
graduating as his high school valedictorian after a less than stellar beginning
working with companies like Holt Renfrew
his involvement with the Scarborough Hospital Foundation’s Love, Scarborough initiative
This is Husein’s second appearance on the podcast. In this episode Husein calls in from hot and sunny Dubai where rumour has it that it is cold at night. Husien stars in the new film, Donkeyhead.
Donkeyhead is a 2021 Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Agam Darshi in her directorial debut. It stars Darshi as Mona, a woman tasked with taking care of her father with the help of her three siblings after he is diagnosed with cancer and his health starts to deteriorate.
Simu Liu is the star of the new Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Prior to earning worldwide fame for this role Simu was one of the stars of the hit Canadian comedy, Kim’s Convenience.
Listen to this episode from 2017 to learn the back story of Marvel’s newest superhero!
Ari Shapiro returns to the podcast. Instead of talking about baseball we chat about politics and world events. Specifically, Islamophobia; the role of governments in addressing Islamophobia; the conflict between Palestine and Israel; Ari’s view on the situation in the Middle East as a Jewish person born in Israel and now living in Canada; and finally how the West has it all wrong about Russia.
Karim Awad’s family is originally from historic Palestine prior to it being taken over by Israel. In this conversation, Karim gives me his family’s history in Israel/Palestine. We also hear stories of the many times Karim went back to visit Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. We also take a deep dive into the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel and look at things from both sides to better understand the motivations of everyone. In the end, Karim leaves us with what a solution for peace could look like in the future.
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