The Kodak Lecture Series and Elegoa Cultural Productions presents:

Off the Edge: Burbs to Banlieues

A lecture by experimental filmmaker Julia Varga.

Co-sponsored by Elegoa, Consulate General on France in Toronto and the French Institute.

MARCH 21ST, 2013
7:00 PM
School of Image Arts – IMA-307

The last lecture of the 2013 Kodak Lectures Series showcases experimental documentary filmmaker Julia Varga.


Julia Varga (b. 1972 in Romania) worked with photography, sound and video installation, and radio documentary before turning to experimental documentary filmmaking. She has been based in France since the late 1990s, when she entered the École Nationale Supérieure d’arts de Cergy-Pontoise. Check Check Poto (2009), her first long feature documentary, has been presented and given awards in many festivals including FID-Marseille (France), Rencontres du cinema documentaire de Montreuil (France), and Astra Film Festival (Roumania). The film shows a glimpse of the life of teenagers who come and go from a youth community hub, called Mosaique, in Aubervilliers. Since 2007, Varga has worked on Kollohom Harameyya (Tous des Voleurs), a film shot in a Coptic community based in the suburb of Cairo, the Zaballin (garbage collectors) with whom she entered the turmoil of the revolution. In January 2012, Varga did her first residency in Toronto where she developed the purpose of Canadian Experience, a new film commissioned by Elegoa Cultural Production that focuses on Immigration in Canada.

Varga will be in residence in Toronto to develop her project as part of Off the Edge: Burbs to Banlieues, a project by 
Elegoa Cultural Productions. Off the Edge: Burbs to Banlieues is a Franco-Canadian project that takes place in the suburbs of Paris and Toronto. It aims at exploring links and differences between territories marked by layers of histories and dreams, in geographies where significant colonial histories and current immigration come into play. Canada-based artists are currently being commissioned to produce a new work in the suburb of Paris as part of this project. Off the Edge: Burbs to Banlieues is part of Paris-Toronto, a series highlighting contemporary art from France, coordinated by the Consulate General of France in Toronto with the support of the Institut Français. Events are organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, Canadian Art Foundation, City of Toronto, Elegoa Cultural Productions, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, The Power Plant, the Ryerson Image Centre, and VTape.

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