Press & Reviews

NOBODY WINS BEST FILM 2014
http://internationalfilmfestivals.org/SRV/winners_iffsrv.htm

OPEN CHEST TV
http://www.openchest.com/oc-tv/ep-35-actress-singer-fenulla-jiwani/OPEN CHEST

ATN Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74LDQSHs6Y

Katie Chats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oOnrM2JvqA

FUSIA Magazine - Article/Review
http://fusia.ca/fenstar-productions-nobody-blackbox-shadow/

DESI NEWS
http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Desi-News-Corp/edesinov2014/2014110301/#42

I AM Limitless TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJtKDICHkZQ&feature=youtu.be



Fenulla and her Director Jonathan will be on ATN (Asian Television Network to air from May 22)

Fenulla and Jonathan will also be on Rogers Daytime Toronto Friday May 16 and Monday May 19, 10am, 3pm and midnight

Rogers Daytime York Region on Friday May 23, 10am.

Check out the featured post on Anokhi Media:
http://anokhimedia.com/blog/fenulla-jiwani-on-her-upcoming-film-nobody

In The Weekly Voice:
http://www.weeklyvoice.com/community-news/film-nobody/



Check out the rave Reviews for 30 Dates

http://www.torontostage.com/reviews/30Dates.html

http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2010/06/review-30-dates-fenstar-productions/#more-3753

http://www.artandculturemaven.com/2010/06/30-dates-opening-night.html

To see Press Coverage: http://www.youtube.com/FenullaJiwani


Read Fenulla's article in The National Post
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Feature Article in the Markham Economist
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Opening Night Review
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Feature Article in India Journal
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Omni News with Monica Dogra






CBC TV French




CBC Radio One's Weekend Morning show with host Mary Ito
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW





CHUM FM - the Roger, Darren & Marilyn Show
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW





Classical 96.3 FM with Jean Stilwell






ATN with Priya Singh




Read Fenulla's feature article in Mumbai Age
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Read Fenulla's feature article in Montreal's The Gazette
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Fenulla at Q92




Listen to Fenulla on air with Aaron Rand of Q92



Fenulla in The Gazette



Fenulla at CTV



Fenulla at CJAD



Fenulla at CFMB



Fenulla interviewed by Radio Canada International





"Online Dating, Speed Dating: Fenulla Jiwani's 30 DATES at Centaur Theatre"
http://communities.canada.com/MONTREALGAZETTE/blogs/stageandpage/default.aspx


Listen to Fenulla's Interview airing internationally on Saturday August 29th
Follow this link http://www.rcinet.ca/rci/en/masala/



Fenulla interviewed on CBC Radio Canada International in Montreal






Fenulla at CKUT Montreal






Fenulla has been featured in South Asian Woman Magazine, check out the article at http://www.southasianwoman.ca/links/entertainment.html


Fenulla on ATN




Fenulla on Rogers




Fenulla hosting the 2009 Miss Pakistan World Pageant




Fenulla & Hussein on Urban Rush with hosts Fiona & Mike








Fenulla at Breakfast Television with Riaz & Dawn




Fenulla with Stephen from CBC Radio On the Coast






Interview with Hans from The Province


Click the link below to read the article
www.theprovince.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Husbands+hard+find/1634193/story.html



Christina and Fenulla's interview with Tarranum for Omni's Chai Time




Fenulla on CP24 with Omar Sachedina






Fenulla featured with Vasanti
(www.vasanticosmetics.ca)



Fenulla Guest co-host on Rogers Daytime with Jeff featuring 30 Dates tour and interviewing other guests on the show!




Fenulla getting ready to film a segment on SPICE TV with Simone Grewal




Fenulla on the "Drive Home Grind" with Angelina Rai




Fenulla's interview with Indira Prahst for Asian Pulse




Fenulla meets with LINK editor Paul Dhillon




Rina & Fenulla visit with Vinnie from The VOICE Group




Fenulla interviewed on Rogers Daytime with hosts Jacqueline and Jeff






30 Dates Review by The Strand
(Click Here to read)



30 Dates featured in The Weekly Voice
(http://www.weeklyvoice.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4338&Itemid=66)



The Mississauga News - Playwright on a quest for love
READ THE ARTICLE ONLINE



To view media clips please visit: www.youtube.com/FenullaJiwani



With Ann Rohmer of CP 24




ATN Interview with Rina Chandarana




Omni, South Asian News Interview with Monica Dogra




Fenulla and Rosanna were interviewed by Mohit Rajhans for Omni 2's Bollywood Boulevard on Sunday June 1st.




Fenulla was nominated for Best Performance By a Female in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role as "Bloody Mary" in South Pacific at the 76th Annual ACT-CO Gala Thea Awards.

"Fenulla Jiwani played her part as "Bloody Mary" with power, confidence and humour and she registered with me strongly." Brian Warburton, The Auroran newspaper



On Saturday Feb 9th, 2008, the Aga Khan Arts and Culture Board for Ontario presented "The Source" which debuted at the St.Lawrence Theatre for the Arts in the Jane Mallet Theatre to 2 sold out shows!

"What happens to us when we find ourselves in the hardest times in our lives?" "How do we evolve from one place in life to the next?" "How does our higher source guide and inform our life journeys?"

Written and directed by seasoned artists and writers, Fenulla Jiwani and Salima Bhimani, "The Source" is an original and powerful multidisciplinary theatrical production about the power of coming through human struggle, about the pain of leaving one's homeland, the challenges and joys of immigration and the everyday life experiences that bring us to great possibilities for personal transformation. As a Ugandan and Afghan, the two characters chart their lives in ways that left the audience moved, laughing, contemplative and empathetic. Although the story began in two different contexts and historical time periods of the Ugandan and Afghan conflicts, the writers brought them together to show that "we maybe geographically from different places, yet our human struggles remain the same. We also wanted to present the perseverance through which our community has evolved."

This is a play about real life, in which we can all see ourselves and see the possibilities for things we have not imagined before. This play is multidisciplinary incorporating puppets, masks, poetry, music, dance and drama! The puppets and masked character exist parallel to the stories of the two main characters and provide insight and elaboration in imaginative, exciting and very provocative ways.

Both Fenulla & Salima felt humbled by the guidance of the Divine in the writing process. "The journey, the stories and the words may have been written by us but it is the Divine, 'our higher source' that was our inspiration."

Audience responses

"Very cool concept, and interesting dynamics with actors, puppets and masked narrators."

"WOW! It was a great production and we were blown away at how well recieved and packed the theatre was."

"The storyline was so similar to our Greek culture that my husband and I could totally relate. We had a wonderful time."

" The play makes powerful connections with so many layers of human experience."

" I felt the pain of my parents leaving Uganda for the first time in my life."

"This play gives you so much to think about and reflect on."

"It was so powerful that my husband and I can't stop thinking about it or talking about it."


So if you didn't get to see it, I'm sure they will be back by popular demand!



Fenulla was featured this fall 2006 in Anokhi magazine, North America's number 1 South Asian magazine www.anokhivibe.com. Check it out!



Fenulla & Parveen were featured on Omni 2's "Bollywood Boulevard" on Sunday June 25th. Click below to view the photos from this feature.

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Light of India was telecasted on ATN Zee on Saturday October 29 at 8:00 pm.

Fenulla and Dawn were featured on Badhai Ho (Omni 2) on Sunday, September 25 at 7:30pm. Fenulla was also featured in the View Magazine (read article), Markham Economist and The Weekly Voice (read article).

Click here to read the rave reviews!


LIGHT OF INDIA
By Kerry Corrigan

Mysterious India—the sounds, the textures, the meditative tradition—becomes a metaphor for home and healing in the first production to inaugurate the new stage at the Downtown Cultural Centre.

Light of India is a multi–dimensional show about two women who travel independently to a yoga retreat in India in a search for healing after tragic loss. One was born in India, emigrating to Canada at age 12. The other is a Caucasian woman who married an Indian man from a very traditional family and discovered that “she didn’t just marry the man, she married the culture,” according to Fenulla Jiwani, dancer, actress, singer, who wrote the one–act play with Angel Morgan.

Now her production company, Fenstar, opens the Downtown Cultural Centre after a critically successful stint at the London Fringe Festival. The two–woman play incorporates mask, music, dance and drama to bring to life the Indian setting and Hindu traditions upon which the story rests. A striking woman, with a lithe dancer’s body, a gorgeous face and haunting eyes, Jiwani’s beauty matches her enthusiasm for her project. She plays Minasha (Minnie), and Dawn Sadler is Lydia. Minnie and Lydia have both been widowed at a young age.

When the two meet at the retreat, they find their shared experiences help them to open to personal journeys of healing, to find an equilibrium in their lives that transcends their loss, as two very dissimilar personalities manage to find a common emotion.
Minnie is a Canadian of Indian heritage who has attempted to assimilate herself in North American culture. The fashion designer finds her return to her birthplace after 16 years stirs up many memories that ultimately help her to find her own sense of calm within herself. “There are seven saris that are hung in this show,” explains Jiwani over tea, “and each sari represents one character that represents the seven colours of the Chakra.

“Each character she meets from her past gives her something that helps her in her healing process.” Interestingly, Jiwani’s father had a sari shop in a bazaar before bringing his family to Canada. Another scene with a rickshaw driver is described as a “Bollywood dance medley… (where) dances intermingle, one song after another.” Here it’s a dream sequence, as Minnie recalls her passion for her husband. A peacock mask from Venice is used in Lydia’s story of healing. With the help of the Peacock as a guide, along with an old woman, a fairy tale is re–enacted that shows her the inner connection with her departed love that still exists, beyond the physical loss. A sense of balance and equilibrium is restored as these women share their healing, shown in a yoga sequence at the end.

Jiwani was born in Canada, in Scarborough; her Indian parents immigrated here from Uganda after fleeing the evil regime of Idi Amin in 1972. It’s not precisely the same story as Minnie’s, but still there are similarities - they both often felt like outsiders. Dancing since the age of five, the 29–year–old had always been actively involved in theatre even as she became a teacher. But teaching took so much time away from her love of performing. She applied to the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, a musical theatre–based program in Toronto, thinking, “if I get in, then it’s meant to be.” She did, and having completed the two–year program is embarking on her professional career with Light of India and other writing projects. She keeps her hand in working with kids by supply teaching. Returning to the village in Uganda where her parents were raised was a powerful experience, and a visit to India is planned in the future. Jiwani also spent time in Kenya with her husband, a doctor, where she ran a volunteer workshop in empowering women.

Her husband is working at McMaster now, and Fenulla is discovering how much she enjoys being based in Hamilton. Originally booked in at the Staircase, Light of India will be the first show to perform in the newly renovated 300–seat theatre at the spanking new Downtown Cultural Centre, formerly the Salvation Army Headquarters, on the corner of Rebecca and Hughson. The stage will look less like the church setting that it was when the Icelandic choir sang there this summer, and more like a real performing arts stage. Jiwani promises a beautiful set of saris, with Indian ornaments, that will set off the background of the still–evolving renovations to the old Salvation Army stage. Carpenters and techies have been working to get the opening ready. There are no wings but they have flats up, and lighting columns to the side.

Fenstar will be taking the show to the Dancemaker’s Centre in Toronto’s Distillery District after the Hamilton performances. That extended run will feature live accompaniment by Gurpreet Chana on tabla, an Indian drum.

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