October 3, 2020—by Anne Murphy, Ali Kazimi, Hugh Johnston
A follow up piece to “Did Indigenous paddlers smuggle food to the Komagata Maru”.
The narrative represented in the the mural on the federal building in Vancouver—that Indigenous paddlers smuggled food to the passengers of the Komagata Maru while the ship was detained in Vancouver harbour, has been repeatedly presented in the media, in Canada and Indian, as fact.
Anne Murphy, UBC, Hugh Johnston, SFU and I counter this speculative history.
Ali Kazimi (2016)
This is a somewhat eclectic article; in part a simplified introduction to the theory and practice of making stereoscopic 3D films; it is also memoir of the making first independent live action short drama, Hazardous, filmed in stereoscopic 3D in Canada. drama, Hazardous, filmed in stereoscopic 3D in Canada.
Published in The Conversation, September 19, 2019
In 2019, a Canadian un-naming ceremony stripped former politician Harry Stevens’s (1878-1973) name from a federal building in Vancouver and instead, put up a 4,000-square-foot-mural. The mural “Taike-Sye’yə,” depicts Musqueam paddlers ferrying food and provisions to the passengers aboard the Komagata Maru by canoe. But the story is an artistic interpretation and contains unverified facts.
Published in Rungh, 2017
A short essay reflecting on my encounter with primary materials in archives.
Published on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Komagata Maru. This was written as a response to commemorative events in Vancouver, which I felt, were largely glossing over the hard lessons of this troubling history.
Published in The Conversation July 6, 2017
I was asked by Anju Gogia, of Another Story bookstore in Toronto to have an on stage conversation with Arundhati Roy for the Toronto launch of her second novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.