Diaspora Film Festival

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

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
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...
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...
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...
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...
Live Music with Mponda and The Matata 6!

Live Music with Mponda and The Matata 6!

Live Music! Mponda and The Matata 6 Saturday, 3 November, 2:50 – 3:10, Carlton Cinema   Mponda was born in Africa and went from never seeing his mother to becoming a refugee and finally getting rescued by Red Cross and moving to Canada at young age. He went from being bullied at school and not...
Diaspora Film Festival 2018

Diaspora Film Festival 2018

Welcome to the 18th edition of DFF! Promised Land is the main theme of the festival this year Carlton Cinema and Ryerson University, Toronto 1 to 4 November 2018
OPENING NIGHT - RAWI HAGE BOOK READING

OPENING NIGHT – RAWI HAGE BOOK READING

Opening Night Literary and Poetic Imagery Evening Book reading and film screening Rawi Hage reads from his latest novel Beirut Hellfire Society
OPENING NIGHT - 24 FRAMES

OPENING NIGHT – 24 FRAMES

OPENING NIGHT – LITERARY AND POETIC IMAGERY EVENING 24 Frames is the last work of the Iranian master, Abbas Kiarostami, before his tragic death. A meditation bridging photography and cinema, his last work captures the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken. In 24 tableau-style still images, Kiarostami takes us with him on a voyage...
MY FAVORITE FABRIC

MY FAVORITE FABRIC

MY FAVORITE FABRIC Gaya Jiji, France/Germany/Turkey, 2018, 98 min, in Arabic with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere Cannes FF 2018, nominated for Camera d’Or and Un Certain Regard Award Damascus, Spring 2011. It’s the early stages of the revolution. 25-year-old Nahla is torn between her desire for freedom and the hope of leaving the country thanks...
SEXTAPE

SEXTAPE

SEXTAPE Antoine Desrosières, France, 2018, 98 min, in French with English Subtitles, North American Premiere Cannes FF 2018, Un Certain Regard; Munich IFF 2018 In the absence of her sister Rim, what was Yasmina doing in a car park with their boyfriends Salim and Majid? Rim knows nothing about it, but that’s because Yasmina is...
MINING MEMORY

MINING MEMORY

MINING MEMORY Daniel Yon, Canada/St Helena/South Africa, 2018, with English Subtitles, North American Premiere Official Selection, South African Intenational Documentary Festival 2018 On May 21st, 1907, one hundred men left the Island of St Helena aboard the RMS Galician Castle, bound for Port Nolloth and Concordia beyond, to take up employment in the copper mines....
YEARS OF FEAR

YEARS OF FEAR

YEARS OF FEAR Amin Zargham, Canada, 2018, 38 min, in English and Farsi with English Subtitles, World Premiere “Years of Fear” is a personal narrative on the life of an Iranian Baha’i citizen who, by reflecting on a collection of memories, sheds light on a relatively unknown aspect of being Iranian. Amin Zargham studied filmmaking...
ELDORADO

ELDORADO

ELDORADO Markus Imhoof, Switzerland/Germany, 2018, 92 min, in German, English, and Italian with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere Winner, Amnesty International Prize, Berlin FF 2018; Official Selection, Telluride FF 2018; Oscar 2019 Swiss Submission In the lean years of WW II, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof took in Giovanna, an Italian refugee part of...
ONE OF THESE DAYS

ONE OF THESE DAYS

ONE OF THESE DAYS Nadim Tabet, Lebanon, 80 min, 2017, in Arabic with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere A 24-hour youth chronicle in Beirut. Maya, Tarek, Yasmina and Rami are teenagers. They are smart, beautiful and hungry for life. Beirut is experiencing yet another terrorist attack with street demonstrations and police checkpoints. For this generation who...
ZAGROS

ZAGROS

ZAGROS Şahim Omar Kalifa, Belgium/The Netherlands, 2017, 98 min, in Kurdish and Dutch with English Subtitles, North American Premiere Winner, Best Film, Ghent FF 2017; Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Oostende FF 2018 Kurdish shepherd’s wife Havin, accused of having an affair by her in-laws, flees to Belgium with her 9-year-old daughter. Her husband...
A DYSFUNCTIONAL CAT

A DYSFUNCTIONAL CAT

A DYSFUNCTIONAL CAT Susan Gordanshekan, Germany, 2018, 93 min, in Farsi and German with English Subtitles, North American premiere Official Selection Berlin FF 2018, with Pegah Ferydoni Mina’s family has introduced her to several potential husbands in Iran. She has rejected them all until she meets Kian, a surgeon who has travelled from Germany in...
IN BLUE

IN BLUE

IN BLUE Jaap van Heusden, The Netherlands, 2017, 102 min, in Dutch, English, and Romanian with English Subtitles, Canadian Premiere Winner, Best Film, Austin FF 2017; Special Jury Prize, Eindhovens FF 2017 A forty-something Dutch flight attendant has to deliver a child in mid-air on a flight to Bucharest. In the emotional aftermath, she meets...