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A Cup Coffee with Kafka

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Published on Jan 19, 2011

A documentary entitled "Cup of Coffee with Kafka" which attempts to report on a diverse account of ideas on the concept of In Transit. The film is produced by Mansoor Behnam and yours truly.

Whether coming, going, arriving, or departing, willingly or unwillingly, we are in constant motion. This rings especially true in a globalized world, where the interchanges of peoples, commodities, and ideas across ever-fluid borders have generated an array of political, economic, and cultural phenomena. Constant movement is embedded in our politics, histories, philosophies, literatures, and artistic expressions, which are saturated with narratives preoccupied with moving across and redefining territorial, cultural, social, linguistic, and intellectual boundaries. At the same time, perhaps constant movement is as integrated in human experience as living itself, for, we may ask, what is human life but a conscious, transitory flash along the vast expanse of the universe?

Among those interviewed are:

Bob Lovelace: former Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. He was jailed for protesting uranium mining on First Nation lands.

Patricia Rozema: (One of Canada's most important film directors, Rozema's award-winning work includes I've heard the Mermaids Singing, When Night is Falling, Mansfield Park, and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl)

Alanis Obomsawin: (born August 31, 1932) is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent. Born in New Hampshire, and raised primarily in Quebec, she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada documentaries on First Nations culture and history.

Wendy Pearson: Currently teaching in the Film Studies department at The University of Western. She studies the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other discourses around belonging, nation, identity, etc.

Calin-Andrei Mihailescu: Prof Modern Languages at the University of Western Ontario.

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