Diaspora Film Festival

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

Diaspora in Short
The Visit (part of Diaspora in Short)

The Visit (part of Diaspora in Short)

Mahsa Mortazavi, Canada, 2017, 12 min, World premiere The Iranian filmmaker, Mahsa Mortazavi courageously captures both her and her mother’s dramatic story of love, separation, survival and the long lasting effects of the 1979 revolution.
The Absence (part of Diaspora in Short)

The Absence (part of Diaspora in Short)

Hawa Aliou N’diaye, Senegal/France, 2016, 8 min, Canadian Premiere My father moved away from the family. His absence ruined my childhood. Today, I have the impression that his spirit haunts me wherever I go. I see him in every old man I meet.
Big City (part of Diaspora in Short)

Big City (part of Diaspora in Short)

Jordan Bond and Lachlan Ryan, Australia, 2016, 9 min, Canadian Premiere Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up a stray drunk, Chris. Vijay’s distrust is slowly broken down as Chris befriends him. Over the course of the night Chris experiences some of Vijay's nightly troubles, and Vijay learns to see...
Baobab Bark (part of Diaspora in Short)

Baobab Bark (part of Diaspora in Short)

Mariana Luiza, Brezil, 2017, 12min, Canadian Premiere Maria, a young black woman entered college through the system of racial quotas and now lives abroad. Francisca, her mother, still works on a sugarcane plantation. Both exchange letters that revive memories and reflects the end of an economic-social era.
Ayny – My Second Eye (part of Diaspora in Short)

Ayny – My Second Eye (part of Diaspora in Short)

Ahmad Saleh, Jordan/Palestine/Germany, 2016, 10 min While venturing outside to collect scrap metal to buy a music instrument, two boys get trapped in a deadly danger. The strength they inherited from their mother keeps them standing.
Water on Sand (part of Diaspora in Short)

Water on Sand (part of Diaspora in Short)

Nathalie Attallah, Canada, 2017, 7 min, Toronto Premire In Water on Sand, the filmmaker’s brother and grandmother reflect on their feelings and experiences as members of the Lebanese diaspora, giving rise to an inter-generational narrative about immigration and cultural displacement.
Toprak (part of Diaspora in Short)

Toprak (part of Diaspora in Short)

Onur Yagiz, France, 2017, 11 Min, Canadian Premiere Toprak, 8, translates for his parents who can’t speak French. Today, he goes to the hospital with them for his mother’s second trimester examination. He will be the first one to know if the twin babies are brothers or sisters.
Sanctuary (part of Diaspora in Short)

Sanctuary (part of Diaspora in Short)

Farid Zarrinbal and Harald Sandø, Sweden/Norway, 2017, 15 min, North American Premiere A young asylum seeker searches for his serenity with a few obstacle to overcome.
The Other Side (part of Diaspora in Short)

The Other Side (part of Diaspora in Short)

Griselda San Martin, Spain, 2017, 6 min, Canadian Premiere Jose Marquez, a musician deported from the US, and his daughter Susanna have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.