Human rights activist to speak at UBC Okanagan

Wrongly imprisoned human-rights filmmaker to talk about his experience being jailed in Egypt.

  • Mar. 16, 2016 8:00 p.m.

John Greyson

He’s talented, outspoken, gay, and has spent months in a brutal Egyptian prison, held without charges.

Human-rights activist John Greyson is also a Toronto film/video artist and professor at York University, who will spend March 21 to 25 at the UBC Okanagan campus working with students and faculty, screen a documentary and host a public talk about his experiences.

Greyson’s Fig Trees is a feature-length documentary about the struggles of AIDS activist Tim McCaskell, of Toronto, and Zackie Achmat, of Cape Town, South Africa,  as they fight for access to drug treatment. The screening will be Monday, March 21, 7 p.m., at the University Theatre (ADM 026) on the Kelowna campus.

Greyson’s public lecture, titled “Narcissus in Cairo,” will cover his seven-week detainment without charges in an Egyptian prison cell in 2013. It will be held March 24, 7 p.m., at the Black Box Theatre in Kelowna, 1375 Water St.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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