After 18 months of preparation, Project SPOTLIGHT, BrokerTeam’s first corporate social responsibility program, took place from the 26th to the 28th of October. The movie weekend kicked off at the University of Toronto Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library with the screening of the short movie Myself Found with university students and members of the public in attendance.
The next day saw the biggest event at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema with over 500 attendees including the movie’s artists and crew, corporate friends, NGO and government officials, BrokerTeam members and clients, and most importantly, about 200 visually impaired and their families as well as friends of the Joy Beyond Vision Community who arrived by free shuttle buses that picked them up from different areas in the GTA. The day marked the first inclusive screening of a Chinese movie in Canada. Thanks to locally-produced audio descriptions in Cantonese and Mandarin, the visually impaired were able to follow and enjoy the Hong-Kong movie Dot 2 Dot just like everyone else. For some of the JBVC members, this was their first cinema experience with their loved ones in over a decade.
Napping Kid which will not be released in cinemas until mid-November was screened exclusively on Sunday at Cineplex Empress Walk for about 300 students, JBVC volunteers, BrokerTeam members, clients, and guests. The thriller discusses an elaborate cybercrime which happens to correspond with the insurance industry’s latest focus on cyber risk for businesses. The original novel, written by Toronto-based novelist Mannshin who was in attendance, is set in Toronto. The movie, however, is set in Hong Kong.
“For us at BrokerTeam, this movie weekend was an attempt at a more inclusive society that acknowledges differences and encourages involving everyone in our cultural life and the social dialogue,” said William Chan, President of BrokerTeam.
“We especially would like to thank all of the BrokerTeam and BT Group members and our clients for the support, and the volunteers from the University of Toronto and JBVC for their hard work throughout the last couple of months. This three-day event was important, emotional, seamless, and fun because each one of you played a pivotal role.”