Moderated Discussion: Bashir Lazhar: A Portrait of the Immigrant Experience

Theatre Projects Manitoba (TPM) is pleased to host a forum to discuss the refugee experience in Manitoba as part of its current production, Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière.

Bashir Lazhar: David Adams
Photo: Leif Norman

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Winnipeg Free Press News Café – 237 McDermot Avenue

Moderated by Sean Kavanagh, CBC Manitoba


Abdikheir Ahmed– Interim Executive Director at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) Inc.

Damarys Ramirez– Manager of Inland Protection at Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council

Bashir Khan, an Immigration and Refugee lawyer in Winnipeg and a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

 Admission is Free

Light Refreshments will be provided

Bashir Lazhar is an extraordinary play which gives us the story of a political refugee seeking asylum in Canada.  The subject matter is both topical and compelling. So we decided to take the pulse of this community – to hear about the concerns, triumphs and unique challenges that refugees face in Manitoba and Winnipeg.

Why?    Because good theatre builds strong communities – a play can provide a unique, humanistic perspective on a topic and a fantastic springboard for discussion.

Because in recent years, the federal government has made changes to immigration policies that are impacting many immigrants, refugees and their families. Currently, administration of settlement programming is shifting from provincial to federal responsibility, leaving many organizations who serve this community in a state of uncertainty.

The forum will be moderated by CBC’s Sean Kavanagh.  He will steer us through a discussion which will explore some of those policies with our distinguished panel.  But we’ll also aim to learn their effect – we want to hear the human side of a policy shift.