As part the exhibition Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia presented at the MAC and to mark the third anniversary of Alexei Navalny’s arrest, join a free film screening organized in collaboration with the Russian Canadian Democratic Alliance (RCDA) within the exhibition’s project space, Espace M. Following the screening, all are invited to write a letter in support of a political prisoner in Russia.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. First screening : NAVALNY (2022)

1:30 – 3 p.m. : Film screening: NAVALNY (2022) – Sold out

This film follows Russia’s former opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the wake of his Novichok poisoning as he aggressively works to uncover who was behind his assassination attempt in this gripping documentary thriller. Navalny is recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and was awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize for his human rights work.

Film Director: Daniel Roher (Canada)
Duration: 98 minutes
Languages: Russian, German and English (with English subtitles)
Rated R (17 years +)

Free, space is limited. Registration encouraged.

3:15 – 5:30 p.m. : Letter writing for political prisoners

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. 

Currently in Russia there are over 19,700 people detained following anti-war protests, 852 criminal cases against anti-war dissidents, and many more confined and persecuted for anti-war activism.

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)

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.