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“Archives as Past, Present, and Future”: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra

October 25, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Archives shape the past, they shape the way in which we access the past and write for the future. But archives are connected to colonial pasts, erasures, and harm, relegating marginalized communities and racialized communities invisible. We know this is untrue – we know archives of these communities exist and there are many, many stories that need to be told.    The event will feature a film screening of Unarchived directed by Hayley Gray & Elad Tzadok and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

In community archives across British Columbia, local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history. Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it.

Following the film screening, join panellists in a discussion with UBC Library Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra on how we can work towards a change where archives can address the erasure of the past, working towards a tangibility in the future.