GILAD COHEN (Host & Producer)
Gilad is an artist, human rights advocate and founder of JAYU, a non-profit that uses art to share human rights stories. Gilad has been actively involved in the human rights scene since 2006. Feeling the need to raise more awareness in his own community, Gilad launched JAYU in 2012, using art as the main vehicle. Gilad has been invited to speak on human rights in media and several platforms including CTV, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera America, and the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in 2012. In 2015, he was selected as Rothschild Fellow through The University of Cambridge in the UK.
AMAR WALA (Host)
With his debut feature The Secret Trial 5 (2014), Amar Wala established himself as a daring new voice in Canadian cinema. A graduate of York University's acclaimed Film program, he believes deeply in cinema's ability to create awareness and facilitate social change. Passionate about both documentary and narrative film, Wala's dramatic work has also garnered high praise at home and abroad. Cameron Bailey, Director of TIFF, named Amar one of Toronto's Top Ten Filmmakers in 2008, for his short film The Good Son. The Secret Trial 5 received the 2014 Magnus Isacsson Award at RIDM, as well as a Jury mention in the Emerging Filmmaker category at Hot Docs. The film would also be named one of Now Magazine's Top Ten Films of 2014.
KATY SWAILES (Producer & Editor)
Katy is a filmmaker and audio producer based in Toronto. She is the writer/producer of the feature documentary film Voices of Silence, about domestic violence in Bangladesh, and associate producer/story editor of The Ravenite, a documentary film about the Gambino crime family's social club in 1980s New York. By day she is the associate producer of Writers & Company, a weekly literary program on CBC Radio One and SiriusXM Radio.
ALLISON MEADS (Assistant Producer)
Allison is a social justice advocate with a background in research and writing. With experience in topics ranging from employment equity to the Canadian justice system, she has an interest in bringing contemporary social justice issues to a wider audience through creative media. By day, she also works at a local Toronto tech start-up that focuses on internet privacy and security, a role which melds her passion for both social issues and technological innovation.
SARAH TAM (Social Media Coordinator)
Sarah specializes in international development practice with an emphasis on promoting socially, environmentally and economically sustainable projects. She has worked for NGOs in Uganda and Morocco as well as in Sri Lanka where she focused on market research and program implementation. Now that she’s back in Canada, you can find her gearing up for her graduate degree at the University of Waterloo, sweating up a storm during yoga, finding ways to help her obese beagle lose weight, and catching up on House of Cards.