Diaspora Film Festival

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

2019 Festival
Festival's Program Book

Festival’s Program Book

Download DFF's Booklet for 2019.
An Evening with Ayelet Tsabari

An Evening with Ayelet Tsabari

An Evening with Ayelet Tsabari Book reading and interview with best selling Yemini-Israeli-Canadian author Ayelet Tsabari Free event as part of the Diaspora Film Festival Friday, 1 November 2019, 6:00 PM, Ryerson University, Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould Street, RCC-204 Tsabari’s award winning memoir The Art of Leaving has been widely praised in Canada and...
Diaspora in Short

Diaspora in Short

Showtime: Saturday, 2 November 2019, 1:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Her Little Rose Tam Thanh, Canada, 2019, 12 min, in English and Vietnamese with English subtitles Rose has been struggling to cope with the increasing pressure from taking care of her mother with Alzheimer’s and her family. As the only child, she...
Papicha

Papicha

Papicha Mounia Meddour, France | Algeria, 2019, 106 min, in French and Arabic with English subtitles Nominated, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival; Winner, Best Arab Film, El Gouna International Film Festival; Algeria entry for Oscars 2020 Canadian Premiere   Saturday, 2 November 2019, 3:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Algiers, 1997. The...
Take Me Somewhere Nice

Take Me Somewhere Nice

Take Me Somewhere Nice Ena Sendijarevic, The Netherlands | Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019, 91 min, in Dutch, English, and Bosnian, with English subtitles Winner, Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival; Best Film, Sarajevo Film Festival Toronto Premiere Saturday, 2 November 2019, 5:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario On the edge of adulthood, Alma...
Young Ahmed

Young Ahmed

Young Ahmed Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium | France, 2019, 90 min, in French and Arabic with English Subtitles Winner, Best Director, Nominated for Palm d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Toronto Premiere Saturday, 2 November 2019, 7:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed, 13, caught between his...
The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, France | Luxembourg | Switzerland, 2018, 84 min, in French with English Subtitles Winner, Gan Award, Annecy International Animation Film Festival; Nominated, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film FestivalCanadian Premiere Saturday, 2 November 2019, 9:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Summer 1998, Kabul in ruins is...
Gaza

Gaza

Gaza Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, Ireland | Canada | Palestine, 2019, 92 min, in Arabic and English with English Subtitles Winner, Best Documentary, Dublin International Film Festival; Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival Sunday, 3 November 2019, 2:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Gaza brings us into a unique place beyond...
Born in Evin

Born in Evin

Maryam Zaree, Germany | Austria
Winner, Audience Award, Compass Perspektive Award, Jury’s Special Mention, Berlin Film Festival
Sunday, 3 November 2019, 4:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Reviews on BORN IN EVIN
It Must be Heaven

It Must be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven Elia Suleiman, France | Germany | Canada | Palestine, 2019, 97 min, in English, French, and Arabic with English Subtitles Nominated, Palm d’Or, Cannes Film Festival; Winner, Special Mention, Cannes FF Sunday, 3 November 2019, 6:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario In this comedy of errors, the filmmaker Elia...
Unsettling

Unsettling

Unsettling Iris Zaki, Israel | UK, 2018, 70 min, in Hebrew with English subtitles Winner, Special Mention, Social Impact Media Awards, US, 2019 Canadian Premiere Sunday, 3 November 2019, 8:00 PM, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario Grierson award-winning director Iris Zaki enters the heart of Tekoa, an Israeli settlement in the West-Bank, and sits...
Aziza

Aziza

Aziza Soudade Kaadan, Lebanon | Syria, 2019, 13 min, in Arabic with English subtitles Winner, Grand Jury Prize for Short Film, Sundance FF; Nominated, Best Short Film, Moscow FF, Chicago IFF, Dallas IFF Canadian Premiere SHOWTIMES: This short film will be screened as part of the screening for Gaza.   Ayman, a Syrian refugee in...
A Song Can’t Burn

A Song Can’t Burn

A Song Can’t Burn Roscoe Neil, UK, 2019, 12 min, in English Nominated, Best Documentary Shor, Tribeca Film Festival Canadian Premiere SHOWTIMES: This short film will be screened as part of the screening for Unsettling. Professor and musician Nigel Osborne has developed music therapy techniques for children suffering the effects of trauma. These methods are now...