Hamilton Premiere of ‘the smallest steps’
May 15, 2023
58 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, Canada
12:30PM to 4:00PM
Date(s) - 15/05/2023
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Join the Women Abuse Working Group (WAWG) at CityLAB Hamilton on Monday, May 15, 2023 at 12:30pm for the official Hamilton premiere of the smallest steps documentary! This event is taking place on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. Learn more about the land and the Indigenous Peoples who have been its stewards since time immemorial.
12:30pm: Doors Open
1:00pm: Welcome & Screening
2:45pm: ‘Meet a Local Activist’ Reception & Networking Event*
- Enjoy light food and refreshments
- Meet representatives from Hamilton’s anti-violence organizations and find out where you can help create change!
- Contribute your ideas to our ‘Activism Actions’ wall
- Enter to win the door prize!
Content Warning: This event is intended for mature audiences. While the focus of the smallest steps is on activism, the film does include references to femicide as well as physical, mental, and sexual abuse.
*Please note, media and photography may be present at the reception. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please approach an organizer at the event.
CityLAB is located directly east of City Hall, with stairs and a glass front entrance (in the Former CFL Hall of Fame Building).
- Paid parking is available in the City Hall parking lot, accessible from Hunter Street, Bay Street, or Jackson Street. Please contact us at VAWDoc @ gmail.com if you require a parking waiver.
- There is bike parking directly in front of the main entrance and the nearest Hamilton Bike Share hubs are at the corners of Bay and Main, MacNab and Main, and Hunter and Park Streets.
- Bus routes 05, 1, 10, 18, 20 and 26 all pass near CityLAB and the Frank Cooke Transit Terminal (formerly MacNab bus terminal) is located on the north side of Main Street, a 250m walk to CityLAB.
Free / Pay-what-you-can / Donation
It’s important to us that this film is accessible to all. Get tickets for free or make a donation to support our event. Tickets include access to the post-screening “Meet a local activist” catered reception!
CityLAB is wheelchair accessible through the entrance at 58 Jackson Street West. The CityLAB theatre includes wheelchair accessible seats both at the front and back of the space. The Networking & Reception Space is fully accessible, and there are accessible washrooms on site.
The film will be played with closed captions enabled.
Child-minding services will also be provided on site for those with little ones. Drop them off and pick them up at the end of the event! Services provided by the City of Hamilton.
If there are additional supports we can provide to you to access this event (e.g. sign language interpreter), please contact us at VAWDoc @ gmail.com.
What does it take to have a voice? For women whose voices are often suppressed, the journey is full of challenges. Many quit along the way. But in Ottawa, Ontario, two law students and two survivors of violence have decided to take a stand and join the anti-violence movement. The only trouble is, they don’t know how to be activists.
In their homes and on the streets, they take their first activist steps while veteran activists provide historical context to the movement. If they can overcome the personal and political barriers that threaten to derail them, they will join a long legacy of courageous women who refuse to be silenced.
Overall, the smallest steps is a story of how women find their voice, both as individuals and as a collective movement. Through an intergenerational glimpse of the courage and stamina required to be an anti-violence activist, this story teaches us that even the smallest steps to do what is right can lead to big change!
Learn more about our film here: https://smalleststeps.ca/