ROGERS Multicultural Film Production Program

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Each year the UBC Rogers Communications Multicultural Film Production Project brings a globally recognized filmmaker to UBC as the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence – named after the UBC alumnus Philip B. Lind, Vice Chairman of Rogers Communication.

Leading local and international filmmakers such as Alanis Obomsawin, Mina Shum, and Ali Kazimi serve as multicultural mentors, working with students in the UBC Film Production program as well as with those wanting to learn more about filmmaking in other UBC programs.

The resident artist’s program of work may include workshops, lectures, and screenings.


Tarique Qayumi

Tarique Qayumi

Tarique Qayumi was born in Afghanistan and came to Canada as a refugee. He attended the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and received his MFA from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

After graduating, Qayumi was approached by TOLO TV, the largest television station in Afghanistan, to direct a docudrama series. Driven by two objectives, to get in touch with his roots and to create Afghan-centered stories, Qayumi returned to Afghanistan.

While in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2015 he wrote, directed and produced TRUTH UNVEILED, a docudrama series; DEFENDERS, a drama miniseries; as well as Afghan SESAME STREET, seasons 2 & 3. During this time, he also directed his first feature TARGETING in Los Angeles, a psychological-thriller about a female American soldier who returns home from war.

Upon returning to Vancouver, Tarique was one of five chosen from across Canada for the NSI Corus Diverse TV Directing Program.

BLACK KITE (17), a historical drama that intermixes animation, documentary, and live action is his second feature.  A tale of one man’s love of kite flying, told over five decades of political turmoil in Kabul, Qayumi wrote, directed, edited, and shot the film while living there.

BLACK KITE premiered at TIFF and is currently touring festivals around the world. Black Kite won three Leo Awards for best writer, best director, and best picture.



Julia KwanJulia Kwan

Julia Kwan

JULIA KWAN BIOGRAPHY International award-winning filmmaker Julia Kwan is a second (or one and a half) generation Chinese-Canadian writer, director and producer living in Vancouver, B.C. Ms. Kwan has written and directed numerous short and feature length films and is driven to tell original stories that resonate and entertain as well as inspire other diverse voices to tell their stories.

Ms. Kwan studied film at Ryerson Polytechnic University and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, where she made her award winning short drama, THREE SISTERS ON MOON LAKE. The film had its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It has garnered several best short awards and three Audience Awards in Toronto, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Arkansas.

EVE & THE FIRE HORSE was Ms. Kwan’s feature narrative film debut, based on her Writer’s Guild of Canada award-winning script. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema. Ms. Kwan also won the prestigious Claude Jutra Award for Best First Feature Director and received five nominations, including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, at the Canadian Screen Awards. Other awards include the Emerging Director Award at the New York Asian American Film Festival and the Lieutenant Governor Daryl Duke Award for Screenwriting.

Ms. Kwan made her feature documentary debut with the NFB produced film, EVERYTHING WILL BE. The film received a Canadian Screen Award, Honourable Mention at the Vancouver Film Festival, the Meilleur Espoir Award at the Montreal International Documentary Festival as well as nominations at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and Canadian Screen Awards.

Currently, Ms. Kwan is in production on her first animated short drama, THE ZOO, co-produced with the National Film Board. In addition to filmmaking, Ms. Kwan is the founder of Swan by Kwan, the Everything Wonder Balm. As a cancer “graduate”, Ms. Kwan was inspired to make an all natural, artisanal balm as a healthy and lovingly crafted alternative.

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Sudz Sutherland

Sudz Sutherland

Sudz Sutherland works on both sides of the fence as a freelance writer and director for TV dramas and feature films.

His most recent project is  ‘Shoot the Messenger,’ his first Dramatic series that he co-created with writer/producer Jennifer Holness premiered October 10, 2016 on the CBC.

Sudz’s latest feature film, Home Again, won the prestigious PAFF/BAFTA Festival Choice Award in Los Angeles and was recently nominated for Best Direction from the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). Sudz’  debut feature film Love, Sex and Eating the Bones won multiple awards including Best First Feature at TIFF.  Sudz is in development on a new feature film, Operation Red Dog.

Sudz also co-wrote and directed the dramatic miniseries Guns for CBC based on four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking. Starring Colm Feore and Elisha Cuthbert, Guns won five Gemini Awards including Best Writing and Directing for Sudz. Sudz also wrote and directed the triple Gemini award-winning (Best Direction, Best Supporting Actress, Best Television Movie) Doomstown, an MOW for CTV/Sarrazin-Couture.

Sudz also directed The Phantoms, which won an International Kids Emmy. He also won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction for the TV movie as well as garnering a Director’s Guild of Canada Best Direction nomination. Sudz also has directed numerous episodes of dramatic television including Syfy Network’s Haven CW’s Reign, Beauty and the Beast, CBC’s Cracked, numerous Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland and Wild Roses. He directed the pilot and second episode of Da Kink in my Hair for Global, Degrassi: The Next Generation for CTV, The Famous Jett Jackson for Disney, Drop the Beat for CBC, Skin Deep III for Life Network, Tell It Like It Is for W Network.

Sudz lives in Toronto with his wife, three daughters and a small fluffy white dog named Shiloh.

Please click here for a list of Sudz Sutherland’s awards and nominations.




Commonly regarded as the most important animation event in the world, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival will screen Ann Marie Fleming’s animated feature “Window Horses”. The current Phil Lind Artist in Residence in the Rogers Multicultural Film Production Program in the department of UBC Theatre and Film, Ann Marie’s film is included with only nine animated features and one of only two Canadian entries in the official competition in the Annency, France festival, running June 13-18, 2016,

A story about love – love of family, poetry, history, culture, “Window Horses” centers around Rosie Ming (the voice of Sandra Oh), a young Canadian poet, invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran. Living at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents, she has never been anywhere by herself.

Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, who tell her stories that force her to confront her past: the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself.

Building bridges between cultural and generational divides, it’s about curiosity, remaining open to possibility and finding your voice through the magic of poetry.

We applaud Ann Marie’s enormous achievement.

Say’s Ann Marie, “This film is our small effort to try and add a little more peace, love and understanding to our increasingly complex and conflicted world through art, poetry, history and culture.”

Quote from Sandra Oh (of Grey’s Anatomy fame) :

Window Horses hits all the things that are important to me: it’s pro-girl, pro-tolerance, pro-diversity and PRO-ART!!  My nieces are mixed race and it’s very important to me that they see themselves represented in this society.”

Media from Variety and Skwigly, Online Animation Magazine:

Anne Marie Fleming Master Class

UBC Rogers Multicultural Film Production Program and Emily Carr University present:

Ann Marie Fleming – Master Class

Award winning filmaker Ann Marie Fleming,
this year’s UBC Phil Link Multicultural Artist in Residence

will give a master class on:

Monday March 7th at 4:00pm

at Emily Carr in room 406SB

1399 Johnston Street
Vancouver BC
V6H 3R9

The public is welcome to come.

Free Admission! Refreshments will be served!


Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming has been making work about family, history and memory for almost 30 years. She works in animation, documentary and dramatic genres and in short and feature length formats, and across all platforms. She has a B.A. English Honours from UBC (with a minor in theatre), a B.F.A. and diploma in animation from Emily Carr, and an M.F.A. in interdisciplinary studies from S.F.U., as well as doing artist residencies at the Canadian Film Center and The Akademie Schloss Soliitude. She has taught Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and Emily Carr University, as well as given workshops and lectures in Universities across North America, Asia and Europe. Her over 30 films have won numerous awards, from Student festivals, to TIFF, and her first graphic novel, adapted from her documentary film, “The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam”, won the Doug Wright best Canadian comic and was nominated for 2 Eisner Awards. Being mixed race, of Chinese and European heritage, using humour as a tool, Ann Marie has made issues of hybridity, diaspora and cross-cultural and inter-generational understanding from a feminist perspective part of almost everything she does.

Selected Awards:

  • 1990 New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes (writer, director, producer, editor, animator) best Canadian short film, TIFF
  • 2002 Blue Skies (writer, director, executive producer)- FIPRESCI mention, Montreal World Film Festival, Best Canadian short Film, TIFF
  • 2003 The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam writer, director, editor, producer) – Best Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Victoria Independent Film Festival, Canadian Asian History Month featured film
  • 2005 The French Guy (writer, director, producer)- best feature, Boston Underground Film Festival
  • 2010 I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (writer, director) – best Animated Film, R2R Film Festival (youth jury), TIFF Top 10

In Production:

Ann Marie is currently in production on the animated feature, “Window Horses”, where her avatar, stickgirl, plays Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet who is invited to a poetry festival in Iran where she learns the many truths about the father who she thought abandoned her as a small child, and finds her own voice, through listening to the stories of others.

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for Window Horses trailer, please go to:


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Leading local and international filmmakers serve as multicultural mentors for UBC film students thanks to a $1 million donation from Canadian communications and media company Rogers Communications in 2010.

The UBC Rogers Communications Multicultural Film Production Project brings one globally recognized filmmaker to UBC annually as the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence – named after UBC alumnus Philip B. Lind, Vice Chairman of Rogers Communications.

The Artist in Residence will work with students in the program as well as with students wanting to learn more about filmmaking in other UBC programs. The gift also creates an annual public research forum on multiculturalism and diversity in film.

“Rogers’ generous endowment of the Multicultural Film Production Project provides a tremendous range of resources through which UBC students and the entire Vancouver community benefit from exposure to talented, experienced, culturally diverse filmmakers,” says Professor Jerry Wasserman of UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film.

Each Year ROGERS invites two filmmakers—the Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence and the Rogers Multicultural Teaching Fellow—to UBC to focus on selected Multicultural topics for a three-year period.

The Rogers Multicultural Film Production Program has provided a venue for young filmmakers to look at cultural issues that are important to them, to tell their stories and receive mentorship, and to contribute to a diversity of voices in film.



2015 Phil Lind Multicultural Artist In Residence: Ali Kazimi

Ali Kazimi

Ali Kazimi

Ali Kazimi is a Canadian documentary filmmaker whose works deal with race, migration, indigeneity, history and memory, with a particular interest in South Asian in British Columbia and Canada. Based in Toronto, Ali is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. He has worked as producer, director, writer and cinematographer on numerous productions. Kazimi has directed over two dozen episodes of television documentary series and has shot films in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the U.K., the U.S.A , Bosnia, Italy, Turkey, Namibia, Indonesia and Morocco.

“…brilliant…rarely has a documentary been so beautifully directed and rendered, shot for shot, image by image, pay by pan, zoom by zoom” – Peter Wintonick, POV Magazine

Best known for his groundbreaking film,Continuous Journey (2004), which addresses an infamous incident in Canadian history when a ship (the Komagata Maru) carrying migrants from British India was turned away when it tried to land in Vancouver harbour in 1914. Kazimi’s films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning more than 30 national and international awards and a host of nominations including awards at the International Asian American Film Festival and Los Angeles Indian Film Festival. In 2006, Kazimi joined the Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University as a full time professor.

2015 Phil Lind Residency Dates:

    • March 2-14, 2015
    • May 1-30, 2015

Mr. Kazimi’s filmography:

  • Voice of Our Own (1989) 25:00 Minutes
  • Narmada: A Valley Rises (1994) 87:00 minutes
  • Shooting Indians:  A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas (1997)  56:00 Minutes
  • Some Kind of Arrangement (1998)  45:45 Minutes
  • Continuous Journey (2004)  87:00 Minutes
  • Runaway Grooms (2005)  52 Minutes
  • Rex vs. Singh (2009) 30 minutes

All films available for viewing from the Visual Resources Centre – contact Richard Payment

206 – 6333 Memorial Road Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z2

To book Mr. Kazimi in your classroom:

Please contact Karen Tong

2014 Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence: Mina Shum

Mina Shum

Mina Shum

(BA’88, Diploma in Film & TV Studies ’90) Acclaimed writer/director Mina Shum joined the list of Phil Lind Multicultural artists. During her time at UBC, she shared her knowledge and experiences in fields of acting, directing and filmmaking with students, and served as a mentor for aspiring filmmakers.

Shum has written and directed three award-winning feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. Double Happiness garnered Canada’s highest film honours, winning Genie Awards for Best Actress (Sandra Oh) and Best Editing. It also won 1995 Berlin Film Festival prize for Best First Feature, the Audience Award at the Torino Film Festival in 1994. Shum has written and directed eight short films. Her episodic work has been seen on CTV, Global, Nickelodeon, CBC, N, Logo/MTV, Showcase and Lifetime. In addition to her studies at UBC, Shum is the child of Praxis Screenwriting Workshop, Cineworks Independent Film Co-op, The Canadian Film Center and working class immigrant parents. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, she calls Vancouver home base.

2014 Rogers Multicultural Teaching Fellow: Alejandro Yoshizawa

Alejandro Yoshizawa

Alejandro Yoshizawa

(BSc’09) Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the lead filmmaker and director for the Chinese Canadian Stories web series which was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Web Series in 2013. His films have been shown across Canada at various exhibitions and film festivals including Ethnographic Terminalia (Montreal) and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. His latest films include A Storyteller’s Story (2011), Covered Roots: The History of Vancouver’s Chinese Farms (2012), A Degree of Justice (2012), and The Hunt For Matsutake (2012). Academically, Yoshizawa is interested in oral history, digital storytelling and the use of film as a pedagogical tool. He received the Edgar Wickberg Prize in Chinese Canadian History in 2010.



Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies

From 2014-2016, UBC Rogers Multicultural Film Production program is partnering with the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM) minor program. The minor is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary development of Asian communities in Canada, including but not limited to those of East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian ancestry.

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UBC First Nations House of Learning

UBC First Nations House of Learning

The inaugural UBC Rogers Multicultural Film Production focus examined First Nations Topics and partnered with First Nations Studies Program and First Nations House of Learning. The First Nations Studies Program was founded in 2001 to provide students with an understanding of the histories, contemporary realities, and political concerns of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond.  An interdisciplinary undergraduate program within the Faculty of Arts, it reflects the belief that deep understanding and ethical engagement are central to the wellbeing of resurgent Indigenous communities and foundational to more respectful Indigenous-settler relations. The First Nations House of Learning (est. 1987) mandate is to make the University’s vast resources more accessible to Aboriginal Peoples, and to improve the University’s ability to meet the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

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The first three years of the Rogers Multicultural Film Production Project generated much interest in film production at UBC, directing attention to the First Nations topics and the films created by students. As a result, the First Nations Studies program at UBC currently offers its own version of the FIPR 469A course. Rogers Communications’ generous investments have enabled UBC to pilot, model and create a successful satellite program. The course is taught by Dwayne Beaver, former Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence and Rogers Multicultural Teaching Fellow.

Course: Digital Media Practices (FNSP 401E)


  • Lorne Cardinal
  • Alanis Obomsawin
  • Dwayne Beaver
  • Mina Shum