International Diaspora Film Festival

IDFF provides Toronto audiences with an
opportunity to experience the cultural mosaic
of the present world through the medium
of cinema.

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2013, 125 min, in Farsi with English subtitles Cannes Film Festival 2013, Un Certain Regard, FIPRESCI prize; Fribourg International Film Festival 2014, Don Quixote Award; Hamburg Film Festival 2013, Political Film Award INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS Kasra is an Iranian author who manages to secretly write down...
GERONIMO

GERONIMO

Tony Gatlif, France, 2014, 107 min, Toronto Premiere Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2014; Piazza Grande, Locarno Film Festival 2014 Cross-cultural tensions, star-crossed lovers, flamenco dancing and a hot summer sun: Geronimo captures the passion and chaos that ensues when a teenage girl of Turkish origin elopes with her gypsy...
ANA ARABIA (I Am Arab)

ANA ARABIA (I Am Arab)

Amos Gitaï, Israel/France, 2013, 85 min, in Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles, Toronto Premiere Venice Film Festival 2014, in Competition, Grean Drop Award, SIGNI Award, Nominated for Golden Lion. Yael, a young journalist, investigates the death of an Auschwitz survivor married to a Palestinian in a forgotten enclave in...
Everyday Rebellion

Everyday Rebellion

Arash and Arman Riahi, Switzerland/Germany, 2014, 118 min, in English, Arabic, Spanish,Ukranian with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere Democracy is like love. You have to make it! What does the Occupy movement in New York have in common with the Spanish Indignados protests or the Arab Spring? Is there a connection...
IDFF 2014

IDFF 2014

International Diaspora Film Festival 14
2013 Festival Films
Program Book

Program Book

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Crocodiles without Saddles

Crocodiles without Saddles

Britta Wandaogo, Germany/Burkina Faso, 2013, 15 min, in German with English Subtitles ‘The day you don’t know where to go – remember where you came from’ Crocodiles without Saddles is a documentary road movie about the luck of being oneself. In the cosmos of Kaddi, there are no ‘correct’ explanations – Why, how come, how!...
GLAUBER ROCHA discussion panel

GLAUBER ROCHA discussion panel

In Praise of a Legend! Cinema of Glauber Rocha “I am Cinema Novo!” said Glauber Rocha the legendary Brazilian filmmaker and one of the most influential cineastes of Latin America. Cinema Novo was created to oppose the Hollywood-style filmmaking of 1960s Brazil. Influenced by Italian Neo Realism and French New Wave, it quickly spread across...
Sathima’s Windsong

Sathima’s Windsong

Toronto Premier Daniel Yon, Canada/South Africa, 2010, 54 min, in English Saturday, 2 November 2013, 1:00 PM, Carlton Cinema A portrait of South African jazz vocalist, Sathima Bea Benjamin, shot in New York, Cape Town, St. Helena and on the Atlantic Ocean. In her Chelsea Hotel apartment, home for over thirty years, Sathima patches together...
Antonio das Mortes

Antonio das Mortes

Glauber Rocha, Brazil, 1969, 100 min, in Portuguese with English Subtitles Winner, Best Director, and nominated for Palm d’Or, Cannes FF 1969 A part of Tribute to Glauber Rocha. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the Cinema of Glauber Rocha. Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 7:00 PM, Innis Town Hall, FREE ADMISSION...
Entranced Earth

Entranced Earth

                                            Glauber Rocha, Brazil, 1967, 111 min, In Portuguese with English Subtitles Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Nominates for Palm d’Or, Cannes FF 1967; Golden Leopard, Locarno FF 1967 A part of Tribute to Glauber Rocha...
The New World

The New World

North American Premiere Jaap van Heusden, The Netherlands, 2013, 83 min, in Dutch, English, and Dioula with English Subtitles Saturday, 2 November 2013, 2:00 pm, Carlton Cinema Mirte is the grumpiest cleaner in the airport immigration centre, a single mother who cannot take care of her 9-year old son, just managing to keep a grip...
AMANDA MARTINEZ MAÑANA

AMANDA MARTINEZ MAÑANA

Festival Passes not valid for this event. No discount available for this event Sunday, 3 November 2013, 8:30 pm, Innis Town Hall Legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Amanda Martínez celebrates hope, possibility and persistence in her new album MAÑANA. After the premiere screening of CICLO, directed by her cousin Andrea Martínez and about her father...
Resilience

Resilience

Dordaneh Dadui, Canada, 2013, 13 min, in Farsi and English with English subtitles Precedes MARGINAL ROAD, Saturday, 2 November 2013, 4:00 pm, Carlton Cinema Yeganeh and her parents fled Iran years ago. Just because she’s safe from the country’s oppressive regime, doesn’t mean she’s forgotten the hardships she endured there. But you would never know...
Clandestine Childhood

Clandestine Childhood

Benjamín Ávila, Argentina/Spain/Brazil, 2012, 110 min, in Spanish with English Subtitles Winner, 10 Argentina’s Oscars 2012; Casa de America, San Sebastian FF 2012; Coral Award, Havana FF 2012; Official Selection Cannes FF 2012 Saturday, 2 November, 9:00 pm, Carlton Cinema Sunday, 3 November, 3:00 pm, Carlton Cinema Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan (12)...
Water

Water

A Feature Film Born Out of a Unique Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation Nir Sa’ar & Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger, Tal Haring, Israel/Palestine, 2013, 110 min, in Arabic, Hebrew, English with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere The project WATER is a cinematic cooperation created in 2012 by a small group of...
Parviz

Parviz

Majid Barzegar, Iran, 2012, 107 min, in Farsi with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere Winner, Jury’s Special Mention, San Sebastian IFF 2012; NETPAC Award, Asiatec FF, Rome 2012; Silver Apricot, Yerevan FF, Armenia 2012 Saturday, 2 November , Innis Town Hall At age 50, Parviz still lives off his father. The two men don’t get on very...
CICLO (CYCLE)

CICLO (CYCLE)

Toronto Premiere   Andrea Martínez Crowther, Mexico, 2012, 91 min, In Spanish and English with English subtitles Andrea Martínez Crowther, Gustavo Martínez, and Amanda Martínez in attendance The screening of CICLO will be followed by a performance by Amanda Martínez May 1, 1956. Two brothers, Arturo and Gustavo Martinez, leave their hometown in central Mexico...
Just Like a Woman

Just Like a Woman

Canadian Premiere Rachid Bouchareb, USA/France, 2012, 90 min With: Golshifteh Farahani, Sienna Miller Mona, a young North African immigrant living in Chicago is treated badly by her mother-in-law because she has not gotten pregnant after five years of marriage. When she meets Marilyn she finds out they share the same passion for belly dancing. When...
Goodbye Morocco

Goodbye Morocco

Canadian Premiere Nadir Moknèche, France, 2012, 102 min, in Arabic, French, and English with English Subtitles Single mother Dounia lives with a Serbian architect in Tangiers, a scandalous relationship in the eyes of her Moroccon family. The couple supervise a construction project where earthmovers uncover 4th century Christian tombs decorated with ornate frescoes. Dounia embarks...
Marginal Road

Marginal Road

Yassaman Ameri, Canada, 2012, 57 min, in English and Farsi with English Subtitles “Marginal Road” is the name of the scenic route that runs along the Atlantic Ocean south of Lisbon. The Europe’s westernmost point. It’s also the first place where Yassaman Ameri, her husband and baby daughter were photographed after fleeing Iran on September 10,...
Here and There (Aquí y Allá)

Here and There (Aquí y Allá)

Canada Premiere Antonio Méndez Sparza, Mexico/Spain/USA, 2012, 110 min, in Spanish with English subtitles Winner, Critics Week, Cannes FF 2012; Coral Award, Havana FF 2012; Best Feature, Montreal FF 2012; Golden Gateway, Bombay FF 2012   AQUÍ Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US....
Chronic Love (Amor Cronico)

Chronic Love (Amor Cronico)

                      Canada Premiere Jorge Perugorría, Cuba/USA, 2012, 81 min, in Spanish with English Subtitles With: Cucu Diamentes Amor Cronico follows the flamboyant Grammy nominated Cuban-born and New York based singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. The film interweaves footage of live musical performances...
Una Noche (Opening Night)

Una Noche (Opening Night)

Toronto Premiere Lucy Mulloy, USA/Cuba, 2012, 90 min Winner, Best New Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Tribeca FF 2012; 2nd Best Feature Film, Berlin FF 2012; Best Screenplay, Athens FF 2012; Best Director, Best Foreign Film, Ft. Lauderdale FF 2012; Golden Anchor Award, Haifa FF 2012; Telia Film Award, Stockholm FF 2012 Assaulting a tourist...
IDFF 2013

IDFF 2013

Festival theme: Latin American Diaspora                   A tribute to Glauber Rocha