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.

The President

The President

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Georgia/ France/ UK / Germany, 2014, 115 min, Georgian with English Subtitles Canadian Premiere The President tells the story of a dictator who is forced to personally confront the many people tortured by his regime after his government is overthrown. The President and his family rule the land with...
The Paradise Suite

The Paradise Suite

 Joost van Ginkel, The Netherlands, 2015, 122 min, in English, French, Bosnian, Swedish, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Dutch, with English subtitles Sexual content and nudity. 18 Years and over. For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her trip to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her...
My Stolen Revolution

My Stolen Revolution

 Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Sweden/Norway/UK, 2013, 75 min, in Swedish and Farsi with English subtitles Winner, Rotterdam International FF, Audience Choice Award; Stockholm Tempo Doc Festival, Best Documentary Toronto Premiere A student activist in Iran’s 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorial Shah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani fled to Sweden with her baby...
Fifi Howls from Happiness

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Mitra Farahani, France / USA, 2013, 96 min, In Farsi with English subtitles Winner, Best Film, Buenos Aires International Festival, 2014; SCAM Award, Cinéma du Réel, 2013 Toronto Premiere Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures...
Eryka’s Eyes

Eryka’s Eyes

Bruno Lazaro, Canada/Spain, 2014, 95 min, in English Canadian Premiere “Forever is a good word.” Eryka travels to Spain from the African Sahrawi refugee camps where she has been shooting a documentary. On arriving she discovers that her boyfriend, Marc, has vanished hang-gliding over the ocean. She meets David, her...
2 Nights till Morning

2 Nights till Morning

Mikko Kuparinen, Finland / Lithuania, 2015, 84 min, English/French/Finish with English Subtitles Toronto Premier Sexual content and nudity. 18 Years and over. A French architect, Caroline (Marie-Josée Croze), in Vilnius, Lithuania on business, has to spend an extra night in the city due to an ash cloud from an Iceland...
2015 Festival Films
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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

Igor Drljiaca, Canada, 2015, 92 min, in English and Bosnian, with English Subtitles Nominated for Golden Leopard, Locarno Film Festival 2015 Jasmin, once a successful actor in former Yugoslavia, now lives in Toronto with his second wife and young son. While juggling a construction job and a busy audition schedule, he dreams of re-launching an...
Pandi

Pandi

Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam, Canada, 2014, 60 min, in English Pandi, an Indian filmmaker moved to Canada to forge a career in film, his greatest passion. The film combines narration, video footage that Pandi shot, animated scenes from his script and intimate interviews with his family members to illustrate the mysteries behind his life.
I Say Dust

I Say Dust

Darine Hotait, USA, 2015, 14 min, in English and Arabic with English subtitles Winner, Special Award, Women Media Arts and Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2015 Canadian Premiere An Arab-American take on identity in a diaspora context Hal, an Arab-American poet belonging to the Pales:nian diaspora in New York City, meets Moun, a free-spirited chess sales...
Where Are You Going Habibi?

Where Are You Going Habibi?

Tor Iben, Germany, 2015, 79 min, in German with English Subtitles  Toronto Premiere   WHERE ARE YOU GOING, HABIBI is a buddy movie about an unlikely friendship. Ibrahim, young, gay, and Turkish, falls in love with Ali, a wrestler and criminal, German and straight. A kind of love story develops between the two men that...
Anywhere Else

Anywhere Else

Ester Amrami, Germany, 2014, 87 min, in German, English, Hebrew, Yiddish, with English subtitles Winner, Dialogue en Perspective Award, Berlin FF 2014; Independent Cinema Award, Karlovy Vary FF 2014; Best Fiction, Potsdam Sehsüchte 2014; Audience Award, RiverRun International Film Festival 2015 Canadian Premiere Noa has been living in Berlin for 8 years now. She is about to...
America 1979

America 1979

Lila Yomtoob, USA, 2014, 14 min, in English and Farsi, with English subtitles International Premiere In November 1979, a group of young Iranian revolutionaries took 63 hostages at the American Embassy in Tehran. This event echoed daily on television sets across America for 15 months, and soon enough Iranians living in the States were singled...