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Panel Discussion: Diversity in Storytelling

presented by Creative BC
Join Colour the Trails and leading athletes and filmmakers as they discuss how we can develop a more inclusive outdoor storytelling industry. How do we look at the world through a different lens, and tell that story in a sensitive and authentic way?

Live Event

Sunday March 6
Platform: Zoom
Recording Available
Noon on Tuesday March 8
(PST) to
11:59pm on
Sunday March 27

Ticket Info


Live Panel Discussion: $10 CAD

All proceeds go to Colour the Trails

*Ticket sales close on March 15 at 11:59pm

Ticket Options

Diversity in Storytelling

Each and every one of us sees the world through a different lens. Our views are often defined by our intersectional lived experiences, such as our gender, racial identities, disability, sexuality and social and economic environment. This is what shapes how we see and experience the world.

The VIMFF is proud to partner with Colour the Trails on a panel discussion about “Diversity In Storytelling”. We want filmmakers to reflect on what inclusive storytelling looks like while partnering with diverse communities in a way that is not tokenistic but rather uplifting, building trust with a network of support. And while it’s important to have diverse stories and subjects, it’s also imperative to look at who is behind the lens.

Join Colour the Trails, leading athletes and filmmakers as they discuss how we can develop a more inclusive outdoor storytelling platform. How do we look at the world through a different lens and tell this story in a way that is both sensitive and authentic?



Aneela McKenna is a Scots Asian diversity pioneer who has tackled racism and discrimination in her own life with the help of mountain biking. Her recent documentary After the Storm invites viewers and the cycling world to open their hearts and minds to how racial discrimination feels and to be the best, most enriched version of themselves.
Activist in terms of diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, Refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, new Canadian citizen, hiker, skier, trail-runner, but most of all a human being who loves being free in nature. Judith plays a key role in raising awareness for cultural change, focusing on diversity and equity in the outdoors. Her accomplishment, through her journey, would be to have at least one person who sees her doing these sports and have them be inspired to break the stigma in terms of who is in the outdoors. Bringing together people of different race or ability, Judith is the founder of Colour the Trails.
Larissa is a restorative circle keeper, published Indigenous and anti-racism researcher, award-winning ribbon skirt artist, and proudly passes on Métis and Jamaican ancestry to her daughter, Zyra. She is the Founder of Future Ancestors Services, a youth-led professional services social enterprise that advances equity and climate justice through lenses of ancestral accountability and anti-racism. Larissa is a CohortX Climate Justice Fellow, a Raven Trust Capital Fireweed Fellow, Action Canada Fellow, and an awardee of Women of Influence’s Top 25 Women of Influence.
Ryan Wilkes is an emerging documentary cinematographer and director, and holds a PhD in Bioengineering. Through documenting adventurous pursuits, new discoveries and conservation-related endeavors, Ryan enjoys exploring the relationship between people and the natural world. His passion for filmmaking was born when he moved to New Zealand to pursue his PhD at the University of Canterbury.
With the motto of “ninjasticking through the wood to bring intersectionality to the outdoors”, Vasu continues to challenge the biases that go with being a disabled person of color. He is the first adaptive athlete for The North Face, a founding member for The Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E Initiative, the co-founder of Inclusive Outdoors Project and a Disability Access strategist for The Avarna Group, In Solidarity Project and independently.
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  • The Online Film Pass gives you access to watch all 50+ films that will be screened as part of the 15 shows during the VIMFF 2022.
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