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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Film on 1915 sodomy trial R. v. Singh to be shown Jan. 23

From Sonia Lawrence, director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, the following notice of interest to members of the Canadian Legal History community:

Rex v Singh January 23rd, 2013  1-230 IKB [Ignat Kaneff Building, Osgoode Hall Law School, Keele Campus of York University]  [I1014 (Helliwell Centre for Innovation in Dispute Resolution)
This 30 minute courtroom drama/experimental film was inspired by a 1915 criminal trial of Sikh mill workers Dalip and Naina Singh on charges of sodomy.   The tale of the trial is told four different ways as the film makers consider the place of homophobia, racism and law in this hidden Canadian story.
Screening followed by a panel featuring the filmmakers Richard Fung (OCADu) John Greyson (York Fine Arts) Ali Kazimi (York Fine Arts)Light snacks  –  Please RSVP to
Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, OUTlaws, South Asian Law Students Association
The work of historian Gordon Brent Ingram inspired the film:

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