2018 events

TAHA by Amer Hlehel!

 Taha, originally an Arabic play, will be performed in English by Amer Hlehel with poetry in Arabic with English surtitles.


For the first time, Toronto Palestine Film Festival presents live Theater from Palestine
– the internationally acclaimed play, TAHA by Amer Hlehel!


Ticket prices range from $45 to $65
(student discount 10%).

Price includes all service charges, fees and taxes.


Event Details:

All shows take place at Berkeley Street Theatre (Downstairs)
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto.

Friday, May 11:
Opening Performance
Show starts 8:30 PM (Doors Open 7:00 PM)

Saturday, May 12:
Performance followed by Q&A with Amer Hlehel
Show starts 3:30 PM (Doors open 2:30 PM)

Saturday, May 12 :
Closing Night Show
Show starts 7:30 PM (Doors open 6:30 PM)


TAHA is based on the story of the celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali.
His poetry tells of the experience of Palestinian refugees; his story parallels the story of Palestinians who remained in their homeland after 1948.

This is not a play about the tragedy of a poet, but rather about the triumph of his life. What makes the story of Taha Muhammad Ali so unique and special is that it is the tale of a poet that did not for one moment stop loving.

“Amer Hlehel TAHA is a dramatic & lyrical tour de force. Hlehel's epic account of Taha Muhammad Ali's coming of age and coming to poetry against all odds is a delight for the mind and nourishment for the heart.”

- 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner AYAD AKHTAR

Adapted from Adina Hoffman’s book “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness” and based on the poet’s life and works, writer-performer Amer Hlehel has created a tour-de-force solo performance interweaving Taha’s singular and exquisite poetry with his compelling life’s journey. TAHA powerfully communicates the sorrow, humor, resilience and tender humanity of this extraordinary man and artist.

TAHA has toured the world, with performances in the U.K., Europe the U.S., Australia, Jordan, Qatar, and Palestine. Now it’s time for Toronto to experience the inspiring story of Taha Mohammed Ali in commemoration of the 70th Nakba.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!



Written and Performed by: Amer Hlehel
Translation and Direction: Amir Nizar Zuabi
Design: Ashraf Hanna
Music: Habib Shehadeh Hanna
Lighting: Muaz Al Jubeh
Production Manager: Khawla Ibraheem

Produced by: Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) and Qadita Productions



2017 events



Three of the most original musicians in the Arab world: Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran are the fourth generation of a Palestinian family of oud makers and players. They have been delighting international audiences for the past ten years with their exquisite compositions and improvisations based on the imposing culture of traditional Arabic music. The brothers  have developed a compelling, intuitive style that allows the oud to be heard in a new way, not just in backing work or solos but as a trio instrument in complex, emotional and remarkably varied compositions. They are joined by master percussionist Youssef Hbeich.


September 23,  2017
Doors open at 7:00pm, Concert 8:00pm


George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for The Arts
5040 Yonge St, Toronto

Presented by Toronto Palestine Film Festival


We're so excited to kick off our 10th year with a special edition of TPFF's most popular summer event: TPFF Party in the Pits. We will screen our very popular closing film from the first TPFF - Slingshot Hip Hop (Directed by Jackie Salloum)

The party takes place on Friday, August 18th under the stars in Christie Pits Park. Join us for music, souk, food trucks, and fun in the park as we wait for the sun to go down (approximate screening time is 9:00 PM). This event is co- presented by Toronto Outdoor Picture Show #cpff2017 

This event is free and open to the public. Check this event page for weather-related updates on the day of screening. 

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Friday, August 18th

Event: 6pm - 11pm
Screening: 9pm approx.

Christie Pits Park


This year, come early celebrate #TPFFTEN

Celebrating 10 years of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival, this year’s event is grander than ever before! The outdoor event will start 3 hours earlier than prior years and will be starting at 6:00 PM. With new vendors, merchandising and a diversity of food, you can check them out listed below.

Vendors list: 



Join The Toronto Palestine Film Festival for a fun night of cards, board games, and drinks at Page One. 

Tickets are $20 and include one complementary drink (alcoholic & non-alcoholic options available) , appetizers, and unlimited access to Page One's wide selection of board games. Plus, you get to support #TPFFTEN !

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Sunday, July 9th
7:00 - 9:30 pm 


Page One Cafe and Bar
at 106 Mutual Street
(near Dundas and Church St)





with Rafeef Ziadah and Mohammad Ali

Join us for an evening of music and spoken word featuring Rafeed Ziadah, Mohammad Ali, and other performers. 

RAFEEF ZIADAH, Palestinian perfomance poet and activist. Rafeef's latest CD is "We Teach Life."
Check out her website: http://www.rafeefziadah.net/

MOHAMMAD ALI, "The Socialist Vocalist," who will be launching his new CD, "Labour of Love." Check him out here: https://www.patreon.com/socialisthiphop

Food and drink will be available for purchase. Childcare is available with advanace request.


Saturday, June 3
8 PM - 11 PM


The Garage, CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St
(one block south of Bloor)

ENTRANCE FEE: sliding scale of $5 - $20
(Free for those who need it)

Sponsored by Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), York University, and Toronto New Socialists





Join us on May 15th to commemorate the 69th year of the Nakba. 

This free event will spotlight the life and works of renowned Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout
(1930-2006) and Tamam El-Akhal, with a screening of the documentary The Exodus and Odyssey, accompanied by an art exhibition of Shammout's & El Akhal's famed murals. 

The Exodus and the Odyssey is a series of artwork created by the renowned artists Ismail Shammout and Tamam El-Akhal over a 4-year period. The collection of the 19 wall murals allowed the artists to:

“…illustrate our memories and document our experiences before, during, and after the "Alnakba" (catastrophe) of 1948 in Palestine as well as the bitter journey our country men and women had to endure. Finally, we ended the series with murals depicting the future dreams and aspirations of our people.” 

– Ismail Shammout and Tamam El-Akhal


May 15, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 PM


 George Ignatieff Theatre, U of T, 15 Devonshire Place

ONGOING: Art Exhibit is on display at the Areej Gallery May 8-11. See details here.


(co-hosted by CEPAL)



Join us as we celebrate 10 years of successes of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. George Sawa will be joining us for a live performance accompanied by Suzanne Meyers Sawa on percussion. A relaxing evening with friends, dinner, drinks, and with love from Palestine.

Special Program: Live performance by George Sawa will be joining us for a live performance accompanied by Suzanne Meyers Sawa on percussion.

If you have any questions, please contact us at events@tpff.ca

Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.

Donations are welcomed


April 2nd, 2017. Doors 6:30 PM


Roma's Hospitality Centre, Mississauga 


$75. Dinner & Drinks included.



TPFF is proud to co-present Saleem Haddad Toronto Book Launch for "Guapa" with our friends Another Story Bookshop and Pages UnBound. 

"Family, identity, and politics collide in Haddad's debut...The topic of gay life in the Arab world is richly complex, and Haddad's cinematic, evocative prose rises to meet the sensitive subject matter.Publisher's Weekly


Tuesday, March 14th @ 7pm


The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West


PWYC (suggested donation $5 at the door)

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TPFF 2016 Party in the Pits Outdoor Screening: Theeb

Fri August 5th, 8 PM - 11 PM
Christie Pits

Come join us for TPFF's most popular pre-fest event: Party in the Pits Outdoor Screening! We will be showing the Oscar-nominated film Theeb by Naji Abu Nowar. 
The event happens Friday August 5th, under the stars in Christie Pits Park. Join us at 8pm for some music, food trucks and fun in the park as we wait for the sun to go down (approximate screening time 9:00pm). 
Not only is 2016 the year this film (the first for Jordan) was nominated for an Oscar, it also marks the 100th anniversary of the Arab revolt - a transformative event that re-shaped the geopolitics of the region including Palestine. 

Film Description: 

Set in the Hejaz province of the Ottoman Empire, 1916, Theeb [Wolf in Arabic] lives with his Bedouin tribe unaware of the historic changes unfolding in the world – WW1 is raging, the Arab revolt is brewing, and the Ottoman empire is crumbling. Having recently lost his father, it falls to Theeb's brother, Hussein, to raise him in this harsh environment. When a British Army Officer and his guide seek their assistance for a mysterious mission, Hussein agrees to escort the pair to their destination, so not to dishonour their late father’s reputation. Disobeying his brother’s instructions, Theeb chases after Hussein and embarks on a treacherous journey across the Arabian Desert. For Theeb to survive he must live up to the name his father gave him. This beautiful film was shot in the breathtaking landscapes of Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba with a cast made up of members from a local Bedouin tribe. 

Watch the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnEd_WSGtWQ


Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp is under siege. The music—unlike water and electricity– flows from Ayham Ahmad’s battered upright piano. 

This event is free and open to the public. Make sure you check our Facebook page for weather-related updates on the day of the screening. 

We are pleased to have the Christie Pits Film Festival as co-presenters of this event. 

TPFF Nakba Commemoration Event

Sun May 15th, 2:00pm
Beit Zatoun

May 15 is the 68th anniversary of al Nakba. Join us at Beit Zatoun for a film screening of Encounter with a Lost Land, with director Maryse Gargour joining us for a Q&A via Skype - this feature will be preceded with the short film The Sons of Eilaboun by Hisham Zreiq  (www.sonsofeilaboun.com) . Co-presented by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson) and Palestinian Canadian Congress.

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