Meyer Brownstone, a social justice activist, has spent over seventy years fostering human development around the world. During the El Salvador civil war, he advocated for Salvadoran refugees confined to refugee camps in Honduras. Through photography and recordings, Brownstone documented the refugees’ immense capacity to build and maintain communities while combating military oppression. As Brownstone reflects on those experiences, he reminds us of the importance of documenting such situations and how this can lead to more compassionate political engagement. Brownstone’s commitment and passion remain relevant and cautionary, particularly as we confront the rise of intolerance and divisiveness in the world.
About The Artist
Peter Conrad is a Toronto-based filmmaker. His latest film, On the Road to Virtue, explores the power of documentation to promote positive human development and compassionate responses to refugee crises. Previous credits include Guarding a Musical Treasure, a journey into Baroque culture in Bolivia, and the science documentaries The Challenge of Quantum Reality and The Mystery of Dark Matter. His 1993 documentary English for Yu screened at the inaugural Hot Docs festival in 1994.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program
in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers
and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned
reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and
fostering innovative critical approaches.