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August 31, 2005 09:00 ET

Ethnic women claim place in Canada's past

Media invited to launch of TV series about heroines from Canada's diverse communities Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 31, 2005) - A Finnish suffragist, an Acadian war heroine, a Chinese civic rights activist and a Ukrainian senator are just a few of the true-life Canadian heroines to be profiled in the new TV series "Mother Tongue" which will launch in Toronto on Thursday, September 8, 2005.

Media are invited to the launch at the Noor Islamic Cultural Centre. Two 22-minute episodes of Mother Tongue will be screened followed by a Q&A session with director Susan Poizner - a member of Toronto's Jewish community.

The series will air on Canadian Learning Television starting from September 12 and on SCN from September 27, 2005.

"Noor is the perfect place for our launch," says Poizner. "For a Jewish filmmaker to have such strong support from the Muslim community shows me that the walls between cultures can be broken down and that's one of the goals of "Mother Tongue"."

Another goal of the series is to introduce women's stories into Canadian history - which until recently focused mostly on the role men played in this country's past.

The women profiled come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds including African, Chinese, Japanese, Russian Doukhobor, Finnish, Italian, Vietnamese, Rwandan, Acadian, Ukrainian, Jewish, Muslim and Woodland Cree.

Made possible with the assistance of the Multicultural Program of Canadian Heritage, Mother Tongue will also be distributed to schools as an educational tool.

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Mother Tongue Launch
September 8, 2005, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
6:30 PM - Welcome and refreshments
7:15 PM - Film screening
"Kimiko Murakami: Triumph over internment"
"Roshan Jamal: Faith without boundaries"
8:15 PM - Brief Q&A with director Susan Poizner

Location: The Noor Islamic Cultural Centre
(Old Japanese Cultural Centre)
123 Wynford Drive (Wynford and DVP)

TTC: Bus Route 100 from Eglinton or Broadview Station
The bus stops at the entrance of the Noor Cultural Centre

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Contact Information

  • Susan Poizner, Producer and Director of "Mother Tongue" TV Series, ThinkStock Inc.
    Primary Phone: 416-784-2826