This episode of the Graduate Resource Support Team (GRST) series provides students with the tools and resources needed to submit high-quality applications for medical school. Speakers for this session include Zia Saleh, Serena Tejpar, and Kahir Rahemtullah.
They have a fearsome reputation in Kenya, but crocodiles are now being raised by the tens of thousands for the international skin trade. The Tana River Delta’s traditional communities are allowed to harvest the eggs, which are then grown by Mombasa's and Malindi’s booming crocodile farms. But is the community benefiting from the trade, and who is looking out for the animals’ well being? A film by by Raabia Hawa.
Bushra Rehman is considered one of the important short story writers of Urdu Literature. Her stories are full of the challenges experienced by the individuals in his/her life. Ms. Sundas Fayyaz will discuss her renowned short story CHUP which is a very insightful representation of a woman who faces the challenges in her married life and acknowledges the depth of silence which she attained after a meaningful struggle.
It is clear that silence has power. Like any extraordinary power, it can be used to hurt or to heal, and perhaps this is why people respond so variably to it. For some people, silence means loneliness, isolation, or awkwardness. This can be exercised to indicate emotional withdrawal, disapproval, or even punishment. We eagerly discuss the power of silence with Mr. Javaid Amirali. He carefully explores multiple features like physical, mental, and emotional benefits associated with silence. The speaker adequately provides multiple tools by relating those with scientific benefits and personal experiences.
In this session, Alwaez Kamaluddin talks about how Religion can be a source of strength and inspiration during the time of crisis and how it can give hope to mankind about their future.
It’s one of the rarest antelopes in Kenya, uniquely adapted to its watery home. Splayed hoofs and a slick coat allow the Sitatunga to silently navigate through watery swamps and thick reeds. Because Sitatungas are so elusive, no one had managed to capture high-quality films of Kenya’s Sitatunga until this project. Sitatunga is shy and secretive and in great danger. Their future depends on protecting wetlands, which many Kenyans believe are just wastelands. Now one community in Nandi County is trying to protect the Sitatunga to safeguard their own economic future. A film by Margaret Wacera.
Renowned speaker Alwaez Kamaluddin Ali Muhammad discusses the need to grasp and cope with grief and loss as they are part and parcel of everyone’s life. There are diverse practices to celebrate happiness, but there is a distinct way to express grief and loss. The speaker defines the notion and provides various tools and ways to cope with grieving situations in our lives.
The Mau Forest, the source of the Mara River, is under assault from deforestation and charcoal burning. Land hungry farmers and unscrupulous politicians are responsible for the degradation of the environment, with drastic consequences for both downstream communities and wildlife, especially in the Maasai Mara Reserve. Kenya’s government, conservationists, and tour operators have all realized the gravity of the situation. Will they come together to save the “8th wonder of the world”- the annual wildebeest migration, and stop the violence between rival communities of pastoralists and farmers? A film by Sheila Sendeyo & Robert Gichira, co-produced with NTV Kenya.
Coral Reefs are one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet, hosting as many species as tropical rainforests. Their bio-mass is so high because of the variety of fish and algae they shelter. They also protect the coastline from destructive waves. But coral reefs are being degraded at an alarming rate from climate change, fishing, and pollution. Kenya’s Wildlife Service must find a way to reduce the stress coral reefs are subjected to while working with local communities to insure their survival. A film by Faith Musembi.
Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more - more unseen forms become manifest to him.” ~ Rumi This quote refers to a mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through the direct personal experience of God. To know more about it, watch Sufism and Mysticism.
Jim Nyamu has just walked 4000 km in a personal quest to save elephants. “Ivory Belongs To Elephants” follows his epic trek from Kenya to Botswana and his effort to raise the alarm that elephants face extinction in our lifetimes. While following the path of these regal mammals, Nyamu experienced both roadblocks and a big welcome from wildlife officials, rangers, and local communities in 5 African countries. The variety of his welcome is not surprising, considering that many southern African countries favor the sale of elephant ivory to fund their conservation efforts. It’s a policy adamantly opposed by Nyamu and Kenyan officials, who believe it will serve as a cover for the illegal ivory trade. A film by Jackie Lebo.
Snakes are some of the most vilified creatures on earth, responsible for 900 deaths a year in Kenya. But they play a vital role in the rural environment by controlling the rodent population. Kenyan scientists say people and snakes can be better protected and that poisonous snakes are the only source of life-saving anti-venom. Travel to Baringo County which has the highest rate of snake fatalities in Kenya. Meet the snake scientists of Bio Ken Snake Farm in Watamu, who collect snake venom and respond to the public’s emergency calls to remove snakes from their property. A film by Maurice Oniang’o & Alan Oyugi.
Food waste is one of the leading causes of climate change. Farmers in Kenya are lasting up to 50% of their harvest when their crops are rejected for cosmetic reasons or dumped because of last-minute order cancellations. Millions of tons of food waste end up in landfills and the decomposition creates methane. Food waste generates as much greenhouse gases as road transport and four times the level of aviation. Activists say this should not be happening in a country where many still suffer from hunger. A film by Marete Selvin and Cyprian Ogoni.
Mount Kenya is a sacred place for the Kikuyus who live below its southern and western slopes. The people are agriculturalists, who make use of the highly fertile volcanic soil. They also believe that Mount Kenya is God’s resting place. This is a story about their worries as the rivers turn into dry furrows and climate change impacts the once mighty glaciers. The film also answers the most troubling question: “could this be the last generation to climb this age-old ice?” The answer comes from glaciologists who compare photos of the Lewis Glacier today with those from a 1912 British expedition to Mount Kenya. A film by Marete Selvin.
The WAP Sisterhood, together with Tasneem Virani, is back with Part 2 of a two-part series designed to help you build better bonds in lockdown. Increase your understanding of human emotions and learn tools to grow positive relationships with both yourself and with others.
This episode celebrates the contributions of Indigenous artists during June - Canada's Indigenous People's month. A moving piece by Indigenous performers Cris Derksen and Moe Clark, 'Refuge in Truth' is a piece that looks at notions of displacement and alienation and how memory can help reclaim the space of belonging and connection. It is inspired by our Sanctuary Exhibition and performed in the gallery. An excerpt by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke discusses the diversity within the Indigenous Turtle Island Community. Juno award-winning Jeremy Dutcher's artist residency presentation and interview with the CBC's Sook-Yin Lee are featured to close the episode, his music video 'Mehcinut.
Celebrate spring and Navroz as Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, curator at the Aga Khan Museum talks about how the world is coming alive this time of year, experience the uplifting performances of Montreal artists Kiya Tabassian and Hamin Honari, and hear a warm conversation between Dr. Filiz Cakir Phillip and Marianne Fenton on the fascination with tulips, a favorite springtime flower.
The Indian Ocean is one of East Africa’s greatest assets, but sadly, it is under serious threat. Large-scale urbanization and population growth have created an environmental crisis, one major issue being that of waste management. This film seeks to address this problem by documenting the effects of untreated sewage on the ecosystem and the health of marine and human populations in the Mombasa city area. A film by Alan Oyugi.
Explore the exchange and connectivity between different Asian cultures with The Aga Khan Museum. Beginning in South Asia, a pocket performance on the bansuri by Hasheel showcases this unique cultural tradition followed by a discussion between curator Dr. Marika Sardar and Dr. Katherine Anne Paul on one of the most eye-catching pieces in the Museum's collection. Learn how a magnificent object made in China in the 15th century ended up at a court in India in the 17th century. Museum volunteer Jane Liu reflects on the beauty of the work's colorful clouds and mists and how they remind her of a motif in Chinese art. The episode closes with a glorious performance on the pipa from renowned artist Wen Zhao presenting traditional music from China.
When the fishermen of Ras Fumba on Zanzibar Island discovered that their catch was rapidly decreasing they took action. Outsiders were ruining the marine environment by overfishing and the use of poisons and dynamite. With the help of the local government and international NGOs, they set up patrols on the newly created Menai Bay Conservation Area. Now visitors from around the world come to see how this local initiative conserved the marine environment. A film by Richard Magumba.

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