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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.