2023 ReFrame Film Festival

Love in the Time of Fentanyl + Q&A with Colin Askey

Expired February 4, 2023 4:45 AM
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The Q&A with Colin Askey is facilitated by Simal Iftikhar

Colin Askey is a filmmaker who has spent the last decade documenting the transformative impact of humane policy on the lives of people who use drugs. Recent work includes HAVEN (2019), an award-winning short documentary about North America’s first prescription heroin therapy program in Vancouver.

Simal Iftikhar has been deeply committed to her work in activism and social justice in the community of Peterborough. Currently completing her Master’s degree at Trent University in Education, her research is focused on supporting refugees resettling into Canada and better understanding the barriers newcomers face in the Canadian education system. Her previous research has also allowed her to support initiatives such as the TALK Now walk in mental health clinic. Simal has also worked in the non-profit sector for almost 5 years, working in children’s mental health and health care programming. These intersectionality’s have led to her deep passion for social justice and creating positive changes in the Peterborough community. This is best demonstrated through Simal’s involvement around the homelessness crisis in our community, for which she runs a yearly fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for the YES Shelter for homeless youths and families, where she also sits on the board of directors. Simal is continuously striving to learn and listen to the voices of people with lived experiences.