Asian Heritage Month-CFACI | Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage (VMACCH)

Julian Samuel

Arts & Expression, South Asian, Film, Visual Art

Julian Samuel

I am a filmmaker, writer and visual artist.

My documentaries on Orientalism examine the historical and contemporary relationship between the West, the Middle East and Asia. They include: ‘The Raft of the Medusa: Five voices on colonies nations and histories’; ‘Into the European Mirror’; ‘City of the Dead and the World Exhibitions’ and ‘Lettres du caire’.

The Library in Crisis’ (2002) and ‘Save and Burn’ (2004) look at the relationship between libraries and democracy; ‘Atheism’ (2006) looks at religion and politics.

I have published: Lone Ranger in Pakistan, The Raft of the Medusa; Into the European Mirror (transcripts and commentaries); and Passage to Lahore, a novel. Radius Islamicus / Dark Interloper of the Eastern Trade is my novel-in-progess.

I was artist in residence at The Banff Centre in 1993 and 1998. I have a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University and have lectured at Concordia and John Abbott College in cinema and film studies.


Sky by Julian Samuel (2008, oil on canvas).
Broken Boat by Julian Samuel.

Photographs provided by the Artist

The Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage (VMAACH) was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.