Derek Price (Director) is an award winning director and producer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A late bloomer to the business of film, Derek made the change from a career in business in 2011. He was awarded the Best Director award at the Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival for his short film All That Remains and has worked on several award winning and internationally screen video projects and films. He is the director and cinematographer of more than 30 short films, several of which have been shown around the world, and is also director of photography on several independent features and is a senior video editor for Gusto Worldwide Media. Primary Colours is his second collaboration with poet Roua Aljied.
Roua Aljied (Writer/Performer) is a biomedical engineering student and spoken word poet who is passionate about writing, social justice, and people. Born in Sudan and raised in London, Ontario she is currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. Her poetry focuses on issues such as anti-blackness, human rights abuses, gender-based violence, and Islamophobia. In 2014 she was crowned the Ottawa youth slam champion as well as the women’s Versefest slam champion. She has coordinated with Women in International Security Canada and the 16 Days of Activism Campaign as well as performed for the 2016 International Women’s Day ceremony in Ottawa to speak about issues of domestic abuse. Her work has been taught in classrooms, featured on CBC, A+Plus, as well as screened across Canada, the US, and the world in over 25 film festivals. As a Black, Arabized, Muslim, immigrant woman she never runs out of words to write, but when she’s not performing, coding, or where she’s supposed to be, Roua can almost always be found in a coffee shop. Through storytelling, she hopes to connect with people in order to collectively cope and heal.
Emily Ramsay (Producer) is based in Ottawa, Ontario and is a recipient of the 2016 CMPA Ontario Production Mentorship as well as the City of Ottawa 2016 Youth in Culture Pilot Program grant. She studied screenwriting at Algonquin College, but also holds degrees from Concordia University in Canadian History and Library Studies. After five years in the federal government, she left the public service to fulfill her dreams in the film industry. Creating over 30 short films and having worked on a dozen feature films, television shows and documentaries, she has worked with women’s and feminist groups in Ottawa to create videos, documentaries and promos on intersectional topics concerning women and activist organizations in the area.