It’s that time of year again: the lineup for the 14th annual Media Democracy Days has been announced, and FIPA is excited to be part of this year’s events. The 2014 conference features two days public events that promote a fair and democratic media system; one that gives voice to the silenced, encourages diversity, and challenges power. Head over to the 2014 website for a complete listing of what’s in store for November 7-8, 2014.
Media Democracy Days kicks off on Friday November 7th with a film screening of Preempting Dissent, panel discussion to follow. Filmmakers Greg Elmer and Andy Opel explore how protests today are managed by policing strategies that try to limit their visibility and impact. The evening will also feature the screening of a new and exclusive interview between investigative journalist and filmmaker, Glenn Greenwald and Ricochet Media, discussing the current political discourse of surveillance and ‘terrorism,’ Canada’s role in shaping international privacy and surveillance regulations.
On Saturday November 8th attendees will get a chance to engage with the program through hands-on media-making workshops, and a range of panel discussions on the impacts of Canada’s broken media system. Issues will range from environmental media activism, to DIY podcasting, to direct action for reclaiming public voice, as well as these fantastic keynote speakers: Michael Geist, Reilly Yeo & Kai Nagata.
FIPA will join over 30 community groups working in media education, advocacy, and production at the MDD media fair. Stop by between panel discussions to say hello and find out more about our current projects. We look forward to seeing you at MDD!