GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tonight in Ottawa! Honor Diaries: Women in the Muslim World...

Honor Diaries:  Women in the Muslim World

Honor Diaries
March 24th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Library & Archives
395 Wellington




Admission: $20 ($10 for students).
Film, Panel Discussion, and Reception.

Tickets available at the door. You can also buy tickets right now at Compact Music (785, 206 Bank).

Tickets are also available online at the following link:
http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4089664

Honor Diaries features nine courageous women’s rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality.

These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond.

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

More than a movie, Honor Diaries is a movement meant to inspire viewers to learn more about issues facing women in Muslim-majority societies, and to act for change.

Friday, November 01, 2013

An Evening with Barbara Kay in Ottawa!

Part of the 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2013

Library & Archives, 7 PM
Main Auditorium
395 Wellington

Admission:  $20, or with Festival Pass.  Tickets available at the door.

Columnist at the National Post, Barbara Kay is a true Canadian treasure. In this event, Ms. Kay will read from her new book, Acknowledgements, discuss her work with Free Thinking Films President Fred Litwin, and then answer questions from the audience, followed by a private reception.




Ms. Kay is a weekly columnist for National Post and a frequent contributor to the Post’s opinion blog, Full Comment. Her writings have also appeared in conservative U.S. online opinion sites Front Page Magazine and Pajamas Media, and in print magazines such as Canadian Observer, Dorchester Review and Cité libre. In 2009 Barbara was the National Association of Men’s recipient of its award of excellence “for promoting gender fairness in the media.” She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. In 2012 Barbara received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for "excellence in journalism. Barbara is a regular guest on many Canadian radio talk shows, from the Maritimes to B.C., as well as more recently on Sunmedia TV.

Barbara is the co-author, with Aruna Papp, of Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love.

"Barbara Kay’s writing is brisk and clear. She thinks for herself. She bravely resists the turn of the moment, and the preoccupations of the politically correct..."
     Rex Murphy, columnist, National Post

"There’s one group, the best of a bad lot, columnists I call the cream of the crap… Then there are a few like Barbara Kay, who is good when compared to good writers, not bad ones. She started punditry at an age when some people retire from it. Perhaps that's why she isn’t one of those writers about whom you feel they’ve written more books than they’ve read. She is a chippy polemicist, but only tells readers who may disagree with her that they’re wrong, not that they’re small and stupid. Most writers know how to assert; some know how to demonstrate; but only the Barbara Kays of columnists have the capacity to persuade."
    George Jonas, columnist, National Post

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Major Announcement from the Free Thinking Film Festival 2013

Terry Glavin to Present on the Crisis in Syria at the
4th Annual Free Thinking Festival


October 30, 2013, Ottawa
The Free Thinking Film Society is proud to announce that award-winning Ottawa
Citizen columnist Terry Glavin will be presenting on the crisis in Syria at the 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival in Ottawa.

Glavin's presentation will be on Saturday, November 2nd at 2:15 PM in the Main Auditorium of the Library & Archives Canada.
Earlie this month, Glavin spent two weeks visiting the various Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.  A 4-part series on the Syrian exodus and what it means for the region, for the world and for Syria’s future, will be running this week in the Ottawa Citizen.

Terry Glavin is a co-founder of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee, is the author of six books, and the co-author of four, traversing subjects from anthropology to natural history.  He has won more than a dozen writing awards, including the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and is now a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen.

The Free Thinking Film Society was established in 2007 in Ottawa to celebrate the efforts of risk-taking documentarians whose work espouses the values of limited, democratic government, free market economies, equality of opportunity rather than equality of result, and the dignity of the individual, all underscored by a healthy and patriotic respect for Western culture and traditions.
The 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival starts on October 31st and runs through November 3rd at the Libary & Archives Canada.  Tickets to see Terry Glavin, and all films and events can be purchases at the door.  Tickets start at $12 and a Festival Pass (to see everything) is just $80.  For further information, please visit our website www.freethinkingfilmfest.ca

Sunday, October 27, 2013

An Evening with Barbara Kay in Ottawa

Part of the 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2013

Friday, November 1st, 7:00 PM
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington, Ottawa

Admission:  $20 or with Festival Pass.

 

Columnist at the National Post, Barbara Kay is a true Canadian treasure. In this event, Ms. Kay will read from her new book, Acknowledgements, discuss her work with Free Thinking Films President Fred Litwin, and then answer questions from the audience, followed by a private reception.

Ms. Kay is a weekly columnist for National Post and a frequent contributor to the Post’s opinion blog, Full Comment. Her writings have also appeared in conservative U.S. online opinion sites Front Page Magazine and Pajamas Media, and in print magazines such as Canadian Observer, Dorchester Review and Cité libre. In 2009 Barbara was the National Association of Men’s recipient of its award of excellence “for promoting gender fairness in the media.” She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. In 2012 Barbara received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for "excellence in journalism. Barbara is a regular guest on many Canadian radio talk shows, from the Maritimes to B.C., as well as more recently on Sunmedia TV.

Barbara is the co-author, with Aruna Papp, of Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love.

"Barbara Kay’s writing is brisk and clear. She thinks for herself. She bravely resists the turn of the moment, and the preoccupations of the politically correct..."
     Rex Murphy, columnist, National Post

"There’s one group, the best of a bad lot, columnists I call the cream of the crap… Then there are a few like Barbara Kay, who is good when compared to good writers, not bad ones. She started punditry at an age when some people retire from it. Perhaps that's why she isn’t one of those writers about whom you feel they’ve written more books than they’ve read. She is a chippy polemicist, but only tells readers who may disagree with her that they’re wrong, not that they’re small and stupid. Most writers know how to assert; some know how to demonstrate; but only the Barbara Kays of columnists have the capacity to persuade."
    George Jonas, columnist, National Post


For more information, please visit our website.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Great coverage of the Free Thinking Film Festival in the Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/329157-ottawas-annual-free-thinking-film-festival/

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Collision! Free Speech and Religion

Part of the 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2013

OPENING NIGHT
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
7:00 PM
Main Auditorium, Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa

Admission:  $20 or with Festival Pass.  Reception after film, panel discussion and Q&A. 



Collision! Free Speech and Religion 

Watch the Trailer
18 Minutes, United States 2013
Free to Choose Network
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This new documentary, written and presented by Danish Human Rights Lawyer Jacob Mchangama, focuses on one of the defining issues of our time; the global battle of values over the relationship between free speech and religious sensitivities. Recent years have seen increasing demands that free speech should be limited to respect religious feelings. In a globalized world this conflict has become explosive as cartoons published in Denmark and videos uploaded in America have led to violent riots from Cairo to Karachi. The outcome of this battle, says Mchangama, will have profound consequences for the ability of people everywhere to freely express themselves and follow their beliefs. 



Followed by a panel discussion with Jacob Mchangama and others.

"Jacob Mchangama and the Free To Choose Network have pulled off an amazing feat: they have produced a cool and measured documentary on a subject of great controversy. “Collision” is a poignant defense of free speech, and has a remarkable ability to find the seam between the right to free speech, and the sensibilities of religious believers. A remarkable voice, a presence on camera that is at once soothing and committed to the freedom of ideas."
    Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow
    The Hoover Institute

Monday, October 21, 2013

SARS: Cover Up and Aftermath!

Part of the 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Room 156, 4:30 PM 

Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa



SARS: Coverup and Aftermath 
Watch the Trailer

51 Minutes, Canada, 2013
Diana Dai
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This is an extraordinary and insightful human drama during and after the crisis; it tells the stories of the Chinese government’s cover up and forgotten SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) survivors who are suffering greatly from the horrific after-effects due to aggressive steroids treatment and their continuing fight for their rights in China; and at the same time, how their fight for their rights are pushing Chinese society forward.

Speaker: Producer Diana Dai. 

The Grand Deception: Jihad in America

Part of the 4th Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013, 4:45 PM
Main Auditorium, Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa

 



Jihad in America: The Grand Deception 
Watch the Trailer

70 Minutes, United States, 2012
The Investigative Project on Terrorism Foundation
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Jihad in America exposes the history and secret structure of the underlying and subversive menace behind the public mask - the Muslim Brotherhood in America.This investigative documentary exposes how Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders rose to prominence in the United States, and how they exploit American values under the cover of religion for their ulterior political agenda.