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As part the exhibition Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia presented at the MAC and to mark two years since the invasion of  Ukraine by Russia on February 24 2022, join a free film screening organized in collaboration with the Russian Canadian Democratic Alliance (RCDA) within the exhibition’s project space, Espace M. Prior to the screening, all are invited to write a letter in support of a political prisoner.

11: 30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. : Letter writing for Ukrainian prisoners in Russian detention

Joins us in an act of solidarity. Writing to someone means they are remembered. In the face of adversity, a simple letter can become a lifeline for those detained in Russian prisons—human rights activists, journalists, politicians, scientists and artists. Support them by writing a letter or drawing a postcard to remind them that they are not alone.

Note: Please bring your laptop or electronic device. Alternatively, you can draw a postcard with materials provided.

Free, all are welcome!
Hosted by the Russian Canadian Democratic Alliance (RCDA)

2 – 4 pm: Film screening: 20 Days in Mariupol (2023)

A film by Pulitzer prize-winning Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov, 20 Days in Mariupol. This documentary follows a team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol at the start of the war in 2022 as they struggle to continue their work documenting the war’s atrocities. 

Director: Mstyslav Chernov (Ukraine)
Duration: 95 minutes
Languages: Ukraine + English (with English subtitles)
Rated PG-13

A selection of animated short films by Animators Against War (AAW) will be shared prior to the start of the screening. This collective of over 100 artists, animators and sound designers self-organized in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Many contributors remain anonymous, particularly those still in Russia.

Free, space is limited. Registration encouraged.

About the Russian Canadian Democratic Alliance (RCDA)

A federal non-profit organisation, RCDA works to contribute to the development of the Russian Canadian community around ideals of democracy, human and civil rights. With several chapters across Canada, their work is made possible through the support of volunteers and activists.