March 10, 2018, 12:00 - 2:30 PM


Still from Convictions


A panel discussion will follow the Resistance shorts block on Saturday, March 10th at Noon.   

The discussion will be moderated by Martha Roth with panellists Sarah Bjorknas, Sonya Ballantyne, Helena Wadsley, & Sara Sagaii.

Martha Roth is a writer, editor and activist who has resisted unjust authority for sixty-odd years -- some of them very odd indeed. She is a founding member of Independent Jewish Voices.

Sarah Bjorknas is a library worker and activist in her labour union and the community - there is much to resist. She lives in community at the Vancouver Catholic Worker, which she co-founded in 1998, where they have housed and supported US soldiers who resisted the war on Iraq.

Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker/writer originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation. Her work focuses on Aboriginal girls and women in non-traditional film genres such as fantasy, horror, and superhero films. Her film Crash Site has played internationally and focuses on sisters reconciling with the help of a superhero. Her next film Nosisim follows Sonya learning about her grandmother’s past through a drawing done by famed artist Daphne Odjig. She recently spoke at We Day Manitoba about growing up Indigenous and the importance of positive media presentation

Helena Wadsley is a visual artist whose recent work incorporates textile-based sculptures and costume, performance, video, painting and drawing. She has been investigating how identity is constructed through clothing and community or a sense of place. Built into this research is attention to and revival of women's labour. Much of her work acknowledges little known but nonetheless important cultural producers in visual arts, literature and other milieux. A currently ongoing project, Vested, is a sculptural project that pays homage to notable women of this city over the past 120 years. For example, she made a piece representing the first five presidents of the Vancouver Council of Women, who fought for the vote in the early 20th century. For more information about her work, please visit and

Sara Sagaii is an Iranian activist and academic. She is involved in housing and anti-war movements in Vancouver and is currently pursuing graduate studies at the SFU School of Communication. Sara has been involved in organizing of tenants and homeless people against evictions and displacement. She was a core coordinator on the Jean Swanson for City Hall 2017 by-election campaign and currently serves on the steering committee of the Vancouver Tenants Union. Sara has also organized several protests against war, sanctions and occupation in the Middle East.