Diaspora Film Festival

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

2011 Festival
Lesson for Zaffirah

Lesson for Zaffirah

                  http://youtu.be/tAinwJ05XCw Carolina Rivas & Daoud Sarhandi / Mexico / 2011 / 75 min, Canadian Premiere In Spanish with English subtitles Winner: Best Film Prize – Mexico Today, Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM (FICUNAM), 2011 – Mexico A metaphor of the Flood in our epoch. ‘The Flood’...
Aung San Suu Kyi- Lady of No Fear

Aung San Suu Kyi- Lady of No Fear

  Anne Gyrithe Bonne / Denmark / 2010 / 60 mins, North American Premiere In English Portrait of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi since 1988 leader of the nonviolent movement for human rights and democracy in Burma. The documentary Lady of No Fear focuses on her personal life and the immense sacrifices herself imposes its...
Burmese Dreaming

Burmese Dreaming

  Timothy Syrota / Australia / 2010 / 50 mins, Canadian Premiere In English Official Selection: United Nations We the People’s International Film Festival, 2011 – London, UK; Buffalo-Niagara International Film Festival, 2011 A creative non-fiction documentary by Australian filmmaker and writer Timothy Syrota.  Syrota uses a unique combination of film, art, photography, music and...
Kofta

Kofta

Michiel van Jaarsveld / Netherlands / 2010 / 90 min, North American Premiere With Ebru Akyildiz, Gürkan Küçüksentürk and Vefa Ocal In Dutch with English Subtitles Business is going very badly for Erdal Koksal, chef and owner of The Sultan, a traditional Turkish eatery. While trying to keep his oriental restaurant afloat, he must learn...
My Grandpa the Bank Robber (Mijn Opa de Bankrover)

My Grandpa the Bank Robber (Mijn Opa de Bankrover)

Ineke Houtman / Netherlands / 2011 / 90 min, North American Premiere With Kees Boot, Loes Haverkort and Katja Herbers In Dutch with English Subtitles In order to find her father in Surinam Grace is forced to take some desperate measures. Grace is the only black child of an all-white family, desperate to find out...
Flowers of Evil (Fleurs de mal)

Flowers of Evil (Fleurs de mal)

                          http://youtu.be/fQH6xWyxSSY David Dusa / France / 2010 / 99 min, Canadian Premiere With Rachid Youcef, Alice Belaidi In French and Farsi with English Subtitles Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2011 Paris-Tehran. Forced to leave Tehran after the controversial elections in 2009, 24-year-old...

Kaddish for a Friend, FLIM IS CANCELLED

CANCELLED …………………………………………..
Amin

Amin

Shahin Parhami / Canada, Iran, South Korea, Ukraine / 2010 / 120 mins, Toronto Premiere With Amin Aghaie In Farsi, Turkish, “Qashqai” and Russian Winner: Asian Vision Award, Taiwan International Documentary Festival; Special Distinction, Dubai International Film Festival; Official Selection: Moscow International Film Festival; Montreal World Film Festival; Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; Pusan International...
On the Run with Abdul

On the Run with Abdul

                          David Lale, James Newton / UK, France / 2010 / 23 mins, Canadian Premiere In English, French, Pashtu with English Subtitles Winner, Press Award, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2010; Main Award, 8th International Festival Signes de Nuit, 2010, Official Selection: Telluride...
My Name is Mohammed

My Name is Mohammed

              Ahmed Al-Daradj, Nadia Eliewat, Hayder Helo / Iraq, UK, Jordan / 2010 / 11 min, Canadian Premiere In Arabic with English Subtitles Nine year old Iraqi refugee Mohamed dreams of being a regular kid and going to school. Instead he is a reluctant shoe shiner working the busy...
Checkpoint

Checkpoint

Ruben Amar, France, 2011, 19’, Canadian Premiere In Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles Suleiman, an eleven year old Palestinian boy, lives in a small village in the Gaza strip. Every month, he goes with his father to the ruins of a destroyed village. Though he doesn’t understand the weird ritual in which his father...
David

David

  Joel Fendelman, U.S.A., 2011, 80 min, Toronto Premiere With Maz Jobrani, Mautasem Mishal, Binyomin Shtaynberger In English/Arabic/Hebrew with English Subtitles Winner: Audience Award, Brooklyn Film Festival 2011; Ecumenical Prize, Montreal Film Festival 2011 As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of...
If You Die, I’ll Kill You

If You Die, I’ll Kill You

Hiner Saleemi , France , 2010, 90 min, North American Premiere With Golshifteh Farahani, Jonathan Zaccai, Jane Birkin, Mylene Demangoet In French and Kurdish with English Subtitles Philippe, who is just out of prison, encounters Avdal, a Kurd who is looking for an Iraqi criminal. A friendship forms between the two men. Avdal, who dreams...