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Inclusion and diversity revisited through storytelling

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PHI Centre Espace 1
407 Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Doors open: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 7 PM

All ages

General admission: $20
Student admission: $15 

*Fees included, taxes not included

The conversation will be held in French.

Discussion: How inclusion can build bridges without boxing us in.

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Jorge Camarotti


Born into a working-class family in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jorge Camarotti is an award-winning Afro-Brazilian filmmaker based in Montreal since 2003. Since his beginnings in filmmaking, Jorge has directed more than a dozen short films, both documentary and fiction, remaining true to his mission of giving voice to the most aggrieved individuals in our society.

His most recent project Ousmane had its world premiere at TIFF 2021, followed by an international premiere at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand film festival. Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles, City of God, joined Ousmane as executive producer and the film was acquired by the New Yorker Magazine for North American distribution. Ousmane has been screened in more than 60 festivals around the world so far. Variety and Hollywood Reporter magazines put Ousmane in their top ten best films list of 2022. The film was long-listed for the 2023 Oscars® and won 15 awards including two Academy® Awards Qualifying Festivals, a nomination for Best Live-Action Film at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards and a Vimeo Staff Pick Best of the Year award.

For the last three years, Jorge has been acting as a screenwriting mentor and artistic director, for underrepresented groups, for NETFLIX’s Being Black in Canada program. With the support of Telefilm Canada, Jorge is now working on his debut feature film, Edith, which was selected for development at the highly regarded TIFF Labs in 2021.

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Emilie Nicolas


Emilie Nicolas is a columnist with Le Devoir and host of Canadaland’s podcast Détours. She is also a frequent media commentator, analyst, public speaker, educator and consultant on public policy, equity, human rights, international cooperation, race and gender issues. She is a regular contributor to CBC's Power & Politics as well as CTV's PowerPlay, and has been published in several journals, magazines and newspapers, both in French and English. Most recently, she won the Quebec cultural magazine (SODEP) 2020 Excellence Award for Best Essay, for a piece in Revue Liberté.

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Erich Preach is an artist who wears 1001 different hats. For almost 5 years, he's been the friendly host of the prestigious Dynasty Gala, which closes Black History Month and celebrates artists from Quebec's Black community. He's also the star of the cooking show Mamma en cheffe on TV5. Preach is a regular on the 2022-23 seasons of La semaine des 4 Julie and Le fabuleux printemps de Marie-Lyne Joncas, and Je viens vers toi in 2023 and 2024. He is also a recognizable voice in the commercial world and has starred in a number of Quebec television and web series.

He can often be found touring abroad as part of Aba and Preach. The bold comedic duo formed its bilingual format in 2017 and has accumulated more than a million subscribers to date. Erich Preach is also an artist who loves to support causes that are dear to him, including his involvement over the last two years in the event Nœuvembre and his support for the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI - Haiti 2021).

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Miryam Charles


Miryam Charles is a Haitian-born director, producer and cinematographer. She has produced several short and feature-length fiction films. Her films have been presented at various festivals in Quebec and abroad. In 2022, her first feature film, Cette maison, was presented at the Berlinale, the AFI film festival, the Viennale, the TIFF Top 10, and was named one of Sight and Sound's best films of the year. The same year, she released the short film Au crépuscule at the Locarno Film Festival. She is currently working on the films Le Marabout and L'île aux trésors.


This panel will delve into the ways in which the Canadian storytelling industry can champion inclusivity. It’s essential to move beyond simply labeling stories from underrepresented groups as "diverse," as this can often strip these groups of their sense of belonging in Canadian society.

Instead, allow this discussion to explore how to create a narrative landscape that truly embraces diversity and inclusion and celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings to the table. Together, efforts can be made towards building a more equitable and representative storytelling community that uplifts and empowers all voices.

The purpose of this panel is to delve into how the storytelling industry can promote inclusivity by featuring a broader range of human experiences, rather than solely focusing on "diverse stories." It's a shared understanding that human experiences are universal, and we're eager to engage individuals from the storytelling industry in exploring this theme. Diversity in storytelling entails spotlighting distinctions, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, and age, within a narrative. On the other hand, inclusion in storytelling underscores our shared aspects, nurturing a sense of belonging regardless of cultural and ethnic differences.


Invisible Voices

A storytelling accelerator supported by the PHI Residencies, this program will grant 4 to 6 Montréal-based creators and storytellers from the African diaspora the opportunity to benefit from master classes and mentoring sessions at the PHI Centre.

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