2167: Indigenous Storytelling in VR

2167: Indigenous Storytelling in VR

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TPFF is pleased to collaborate with ImagineNATIVE to host 2167 at this year's festival. As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative Canada on Screen, Indigenous filmmakers and artists were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future

Opening Night: Screwdriver

Opening Night: Screwdriver

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Starting at: 7:00 PM

After 15 years of imprisonment, Ziad struggles to adjust to modern Palestinian life and being the hero everyone hails him to be. Unable to distinguish reality from hallucination he unravels and drives himself back to where it all began.

Local Pals: A Mezze of Toronto Shorts

Local Pals: A Mezze of Toronto Shorts

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Starting at: 5:00 PM

Ten extraordinary short films by a new generation of Toronto-ish Palestinian and Middle Eastern artists, boldly exploring themes of migration and militancy, war and family, humour and hope.

Ibrahim, A Fate to Define

Ibrahim, A Fate to Define

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Starting at: 7:15 PM

In 1987, when Lina Alabed was six years old, her Palestinian father Ibrahim set off on a short mission. He never came back. He was a member of the Abu Nidal group, also known as 'The Revolutionary Council', and her father's past is still haunting the family.

Made in Palestine

Made in Palestine

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Starting at: 7:15 PM

Hirbawi Textiles is the last-remaining factory in Palestine that produces the iconic Palestinian scarf known as the Kuffiyeh.

Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible

Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible

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Starting at: 9:15 PM

Thirty-five years ago, Ghassan Halwani witnessed the kidnapping of a man he knew. Ten years ago, he caught a glimpse of his face while walking in the street. This unique encounter is the starting point for Halwani's powerful investigation into the thousands of people who were disappeared during Lebanon's civil war.

Wild Plants of Palestine

Wild Plants of Palestine

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Starting at: 9:15 PM

Wild Plants of Palestine follows journeys of observational tours solicited by the Palestinian Museum and conducted by two professors from Birzeit University to collect photos of and information on the Palestinian Flora.

Samouni Road

Samouni Road

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Starting at: 12:00 PM

In the rural outskirts of Gaza City, the Samouni family is celebrating a wedding. It is the first celebration since the 2009 attack - when they lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. Through animation and the recollections of the young survivors, Samouni Road conveys a portrait of a family before, during and after tragedy.

Brooklyn, Inshallah

Brooklyn, Inshallah

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Starting at: 2:45 PM

Khader El-Yateem, a Palestinian-American pastor, runs for New York City council. The film follows El-Yateem’s grassroots election campaign to become the first Arab-American to ever win a seat on city council, with the backing of community organizer Linda Sarsour and his community. Panel discussion to follow.

Tuesday By the Sea

Tuesday By the Sea

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Starting at: 2:45 PM

The border demarcates the inside and outside. Using the border as an analytical lens, the film documents how the colonial is practised in the US and Palestine.

TPFF Panel : The role of arts in landscapes of change

TPFF Panel : The role of arts in landscapes of change

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Starting at: 4:15 PM

Following screening of Brooklyn, Inshallah, TPFF will be hosting a lively panel discussion around the arts and community activation of diverse communities. The panel is open to participants who do not attend the film screening.

You Come From Far Away

You Come From Far Away

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Starting at: 5:45 PM

Arabs were among the international volunteers who travelled to Spain to defend democracy during the Spanish Civil War. The turmoil that steered the 20th century – the Spanish Civil War, WWII, the Nakba, Lebanese Civil War - are retraced through the story of Sidki, a Palestinian journalist who travelled to Spain as a volunteer, and his family.

Nostalgia of My Pier

Nostalgia of My Pier

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Starting at: 5:45 PM

The film explores the migration of Palestinians to Colombia in the early 20th century by mixing contemporary footage and sounds of the Caribbean coast of Colombia; and scenes from the 1970s documentary series People and Places, shot by Jaques Madvo in Lebanon and the West Bank.

The Man Who Stole Banksy

The Man Who Stole Banksy

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Starting at: 7:45 PM

In 2007, Banksy enters the West Bank and leaves his signature artwork across its walls. After one mural in Bethlehem incites fury among residents, a local taxi driver cuts out the offending wall and puts it on ebay. The film follows the journey of this graffitied wall to reveal the global street art market.

 TPFF PRESENTS: RUBA SHAMSHOUM & DJ MISSY NESS LIVE IN TORONTO!

TPFF PRESENTS: RUBA SHAMSHOUM & DJ MISSY NESS LIVE IN TORONTO!

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Doors open at: 8:30 PM

Ruba Shamshoum is a Palestinian musician, born and raised in Nazareth and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Ruba’s music draws from the harmony, sensibility, improvisation, and playfulness of jazz, mixed with tinges of Middle Eastern and Arabic musical elements that compliment her style and bring it to unique and distinctive places.

Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch

Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch

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Starting at: 11:00 AM

Brunch and a Film! Enjoy a popular selection of delicious traditional Palestinian brunch dishes. Buffet style and vegetarian friendly. Afterwards, join us at the screening of Soufra at the TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

Western Arabs

Western Arabs

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Starting at: 1:20 PM

An intimate portrait of the director and his mixed Palestinian-Danish family over a period of 12 years.

It’s a Long Way from Amphioxus

It’s a Long Way from Amphioxus

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Starting at: 1:20 PM

In Berlin’s immigration waiting rooms, where metal and wooden seats are nailed to
the ground, people arrive after emerging from the seas. Here they wait.

Young Pals: Palestinian Stories for Kids

Young Pals: Palestinian Stories for Kids

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TPFF debuts its first program for our young fans - all ages welcome. The program will showcase Palestinian storytelling performed by Sarah Abusarar who will share engaging folktales and fables passed down generations, along with other activites.

Soufra

Soufra

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Starting at: 3:30 PM

Soufra follows the inspirational story of Mariam Shaar – a refugee from the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp, Lebanon. With a diverse team of fellow refugee women, she sets out to expand her catering company “Soufra” into a food truck business. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food.

Coffee Pot

Coffee Pot

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Starting at: 3:30 PM

Jomu’a is a Palestinian who lives in a refugee camp. Every morning, he goes to the entrance of the camp to earn his living selling coffee. He tries to find additional work to make ends meet but the cost of some jobs is too high.

The Tower

The Tower

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Starting at: 5:30 PM

Wardi, an 11 year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her family in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after the Nakba. After Sidi gives her the key to his old house in Galilea, she fears he’s lost hope of someday going home.

Water for Canaries

Water for Canaries

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Starting at: 5:30 PM

The Canadian poet Doyali Islam's award-winning poem 'Water for Canaries' concerns her metaphorical narrative meditation on a photograph taken during a ceasefire after the bombing of Beit Hanoun in 2014.

Closing Night: Gaza

Closing Night: Gaza

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Starting at: 7:15 PM

This beautifully shot documentary depicts a people plagued by conflict but not defined by it. As the film journeys through the physically broken and battered landscape, the cast of characters share their daily lives. Through them the audience gains a nuanced understanding of what life is really like for Gaza’s inhabitants. 

Ambience

Ambience

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Starting at: 7:15 PM

Two young Palestinians try to record a demo for a Music Competition inside a noisy crowded refugee camp.