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Back from Egypt: Filmmaker/activist John Greyson and Cecilia Greyson to speak at OISE

March 11, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto presents activist/filmmaker John Greyson and his sister Cecilia Greyson in an exclusive Toronto engagement: Arrested in Cairo: Reflections on Repression and Solidarity, a conversation and film screening on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Canadian filmmaker and activist John Greyson, along with emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani, was arrested in Egypt in August 2013 while trying to access Gaza on a humanitarian mission. They were beaten and held without charges in a Cairo prison for seven weeks. An international campaign ultimately helped to secure the release of the two Canadians, but fellow journalist Mohamed Fahmy, incarcerated in the same jail, remains behind. Throughout the ordeal, John’s sister Cecilia acted as media spokesperson. Now reunited, the siblings will share experiences about the crisis from both sides, reflecting on the politics of international justice and the implications of their experiences for social justice education.

John Greyson is one of Canada’s most prolific and highly honoured media artists, and an associate professor in the film department at York University, Toronto. He has produced over 50 films and videos, which have screened at over 500 international festivals and won scores of awards. He is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art (2000) and the Bell Canada Award (2007), the highest national recognition for outstanding lifetime achievement in video art.  His 1996 Lilies won four Genie awards, including best motion picture.

Cecilia Greyson is a writer and artist based in Halifax, Canada. As a community organizer and activist, she has worked for over a decade producing large-scale, participatory arts festivals. In 2011, she completed a Master of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia, and has received awards for her writing from CTV Globemedia, BC Arts Festival, and the Jack Webster Foundation.


WHAT:     Arrested in Cairo: Reflections on Repression and Solidarity, conversation and film with John Greyson and Cecilia Greyson, with moderator Dania Majid

WHEN:     Friday, March 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto,

252 Bloor Street West, OISE Auditorium, Ground floor (St. George Subway).


For more information, please contact: or OISE Media Relations at 416-978-1123