Tides of Change: International Development Week Conversation and Screening


Annual Symposium Series

Mama Lova

About the event

Join us for an enlightening evening at the Inaugural Winnipeg International Development Week 2024 lecture series, where we explore “The Real Cost of Development.” Organized by the African Movie Festival in Manitoba and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, this event is set to take place on February 3, 2024, at the Gas Station Arts Center, 445 River Avenue, Winnipeg.

As our community grows in diversity, this gathering presents a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about crucial international development issues. Dr. Bheki Moyo, a distinguished expert in the field, will deliver a thought-provoking lecture after the film screening of Ulwandle Lushile – Meeting the Tides, a film by Tembisa Jordan, and followed by a dynamic conversation featuring Dr. Moyo, esteemed South African filmmaker Tembisa Jordan, and Winnipeg’s own Dr. Dorothy Nyambi of the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

The event goes beyond the confines of the theatre, exploring the decisions, impacts, and profound connections between international development and our local communities here in Manitoba. Embrace this chance to be part of a conversation that delves into the heart of global development issues, providing insights that resonate with our diverse community.

Reserve your seat here for an evening of cinematic and intellectual exploration.

Date: February 3, 2024
Time: 4pm to 5pm (Cocktail Reception and Red Carpet) | 5pm to 7pm (Film Screening and Conversations)
Venue: Gas Station Arts Center, 445 River Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0C3
Ticket: Reserve your seat here

This event is jointly organized by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation and Manitoba African Film Festival Inc., organizers of the African Movie Festival in Manitoba. The 7th Annual African Film Festival in Manitoba is scheduled for September 20 to 22, 2024.

For further information about the festival please visit www.am-fm.ca.
For inquiries and collaboration opportunities, please contact info@am-fm.ca.

About the keynote and panelists

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bheki Moyo, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bhekinkosi Moyo is the Director of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Witwatersrand’s Wits Business School. He is a leading writer on issues of African philanthropy, a prolific author, researcher and thought leader with a keen interest in questions of African resources, democracy and governance. He has championed the African discourse on philanthropy, contributed to the growth of many African civil society formations and has taken part in most of the continental processes of development and governance. Prior to joining the Wits Business School, he was CEO of the Southern Africa Trust, as well as being instrumental in establishing several institutions across Africa. He worked as Director of Programmes at Trust Africa and was also part of the formation of the African Union Foundation, becoming one of the founding council members. He sits on the boards of the International Society for Third Sector Research, the African Union Foundation, and chairs the SIVIO Institute and Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa boards. Equally, he has gained considerable experience in management, leadership and strategic roles over a significant period. Bheki has over 20 years of experience in knowledge generation, research and policy generation.

Panelist: Tembisa Jordan, Filmmaker, Johannesburg, South Africa:

Tembisa is a Marine scientist and the Biodiversity Stewardship and Biodiversity Economy acting manager, at Ezemvelo KZN wildlife. She is passionate about sectoral transformation in the biodiversity space, and the improvement of conservation models to be more people oriented to improve lives. She recently starred in “Our Oceans”, a 3-part marine conservation documentary commissioned by Off the Fence, which won the N.E.W Film pitch competition at the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Film congress to create a short documentary about the lives of marine Traditional Fishers in KZN. Her short film, “Ulwandle Lushile”, is a result of the work she did for many years in marine resource management with KZN coastal communities. So far, “Ulwandle Lushile” has been entered into 76 film festivals and has been selected for 9 festivals, and is a finalist in 3. Tembisa received her MSc in Marine Biology from Rhodes University.

Panelist: Dr. Dorothy Nyambi, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Winnipeg, Manitoba: 

Dorothy is President and CEO of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a non-profit international development organization with a mission to create business solutions to poverty around the world. Dorothy is a thought leader in international development, devoted to creating dynamic organizations that respect diversity, equity and inclusion and succeed in times of challenge and change.  Dorothy has experience providing knowledge-based, strategic leadership for effective implementation of an organization’s mission and goals.  With a 25 + year career in the sector and applied governance experience, Dorothy’s work is founded on and informed by unique lived experience and a commitment to authentic leadership.  Dorothy has significant and meaningful lived experience in the global south working in a wide range of sectors. She consistently demonstrates an ability to step forward and challenge the status quo, re-imagine and strengthen business processes, challenging old paradigms and programs in support of respectful human-centered design thinking.   

Bringing Greetings: Hon. Jamie Moses, Minister of Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources

Panel Moderator: Dr. Arthur Anyaduba, Professor, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, The University of Winnipeg.