Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave
  • December 11, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Please join us for another Wellesley Institute film night. This year we are screening I, Daniel Blake. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival, and the 2017 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film. We are thrilled to be bringing it back to Toronto.

The Plot
Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a carpenter most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of “striver and skiver” in modern-day Britain.

The Panel
We have convened a panel to discuss the themes in the movie relating to the expectation to look for work while on social assistance and the inequities built within this expectation, the discrimination against and perceptions of those experiencing poverty and/or mental health problems.

Four panelists will join our CEO, Dr. Kwame Mckenzie for a discussion after the film. Panelists include:

  • Mike Creek, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Working for Change
  • Cheyanne Ratnam, Project Coordinator, A Way Home Toronto
  • Mary Marrone, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Income Security Advocacy Centre
  • Janet Menard, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Community and Social Services