WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
The Canada We Want in 2020: Rising to the Asia Challenge—Join Canada 2020 and hear from the authors about steps they feel Canada should take to speed up the development of economic, social and cultural ties with Asia. Speakers include Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Company, and Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. April 11, 4:30 p.m. Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St. http://canada2020.ca.
Screening: Footnote—Movies don't come much odder than this melodramatic comedy about the conflict between two generations of Talmudic scholars, one of whom is obsessed with his reputation, which is founded on a single footnote; the other a rising star with an easy charm and a public following. 9:15 p.m. Until April 12. Check schedule for showtimes. Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. 613-789-3456 or ww.bytowne.ca.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
Targeted Killing and the Drone Debate—Join guest speaker Stephanie Carvin, University of London, for a talk on "Death from Above: Targeted Killing and the Drone Debate. Presented by CIPS at the University of Ottawa. 10 a.m. Free. Room 3120, Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Ave. E. cips.uottawa.ca.
Vimy: Canada's Memorial to a Generation—The Canadian War Museum presents a book launch of Vimy: Canada's Memorial to a Generation by Jacqueline and Julian Smith, who trace the story of this monument which commemorates Canada's contribution to the First World War. Followed by a reception and book signing. 7 p.m. Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl. 613-722-6228.
Screening: Almanya- Welcome to Germany—This film explores the past, as it shows the arrival of Huseyin in Germany as the 1,000,001st guest worker, and gradually mingles with the present, as in his old age, he tries to get his culturally-assimilated family to accompany him back to Turkey to renovate an old house he has acquired. A comedic tale of countries and families, this is a charming and critically-acclaimed film, where generations of Turkish-German people discover the meaning of national identity. In German with English subtitles. Part of the German Language Film Festival presented by the CFI. 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. www.cfi-ifc.ca.
Book Launch: Freedom Climbers—The embassy of Poland and the Canadian Federation for Polish Studies present an evening of slides, film clips, and a discussion of Bernadette McDonald's book, Freedom Climbers, about Poland's superstars of high-altitude climbing. With an introduction by Canadian Geographic Magazine editor Dan Rubenstein. 7:30 p.m. Polish Embassy, 443 Daly Ave. email@example.com.
Hunger in the Sahel—Oxfam Canada director Robert Fox and partners visiting from Mali and Niger will be available at a media briefing and for interviews to provide first-hand information about efforts to stave off mass hunger in the Sahel region of West Africa. Speakers include Mamadou Goita, West African Peasants' and Farmers' Network, Mali and Eric Hazard, Oxfam International GROW Campaign co-ordinator for the Sahel Region. 9:30 a.m., April 12. Room 130-S, Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill. Contact: Juliet O'Neill at 613-240-3047 or www.oxfam.ca.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Concert: Daniela Koch—The Austrian Cultural Forum presents Daniela Koch in concert accompanied by pianist Christian Reif. 7 p.m. Free. Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 Mackay St.
Screening: Tannöd—Based on a wildly-popular novel by Andrea Maria Schenkel, which in turn is based upon a true story, the film follows Kathrin, a young woman who has returned to a small village of Tannöd to bury her recently-deceased mother. Upon her arrival, she discovers that a gruesome murder of an entire family took place on a farm nearby two years prior and the culprit had never been caught. To make matters worse, every local seems suspicious to one another as fear grips the village. In German with English subtitles. Part of the German Language Film Festival presented by the CFI. 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. www.cfi-icf.ca
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Zimbabwe 32nd Independence Celebration—Celebrate Zimbabwean Culture with Tine Mufaro Marimba Band, food, music, networking and much more. 5:30 p.m. 1500 Carling Ave. For more info and RSVP, please contact Ruth at 613-823-4435.
Screening: What a Difference a Day Makes—A day makes a great amount of difference to Robert and Katharina in this dramatic thriller. Secrets and lies abound in this tale of crime, where a lot can change in 24 hours. In German with English subtitles. Part of the German Language Film Festival presented by the CFI. 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. www.cfi-icf.ca.
Ottawa Gala—The theme for this year's Ottawa Gala is a "Night Under the Stars." Money raised from the event, organized by the Fund for a New Generation, goes to charity. April 14, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau St. www.ottawagala.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Syria celebrates its national day. It commemorates Evacuation Day from France in 1946. For information on any celebrations, call the embassy at 613-569-5556.
Book Launch: Here is Berlin—The Austrian Cultural Forum, the Goethe Institute and the University of Ottawa present a launch of Austrian author JM Stim's book Here is Berlin. 6 p.m. Free. Room Arts 509, 5th floor, University of Ottawa, 70 Laurier Ave. E.
Shimon Perez visits Canada—Shimon Perez, president of Israel, visits Canada. Until April 18. For more information, please visit http://www2.parl.gc.ca/.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
Zimbabwe celebrates its independence day. It gained independence from the UK in 1980. For information on any celebrations, call the embassy at 613-237-4388.
The Best of Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival—The Best in Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival makes a stop in Ottawa on its cross-country tour. April 18-21. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St. http://planetinfocus.org/films-on-tour/.
Published: Wednesday, 04/11/2012 12:00 am EDT
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