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...
LAND

LAND

LAND Samiramis Kia, Canada, 2017, 11 min, in Dari and English with English Subtitles, Toronto Premiere Winner, Norman MacLaren Award, Montreal FF 2017 An old Afghan man in search of integration into his new society finds it in a strange way. Trailer
THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM

THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM

Muayad Alayan, 2018, Palestine/The Netherlands/Germany/Mexico, 127 min Winner, Audience Award, Tiger Award, Rotterdam IFF 2018; Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their...
DAHA (MORE)

DAHA (MORE)

DAHA (MORE) Onur Saylak, Turkey, 2017, 115min, IN Turkish and Arabic with English Subtitles, North American Premiere Winner, Best Film, East End FF UK 2018; FIPRESCI Prize, Valladolid IFF 2017 Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees from war-torn countries...
LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA Alankrita Shrivastava, India, 2016, 116 min, in Hindi with English Subtitles, North American Premiere Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Film de Femmes 2017; Audience Award, Glasgow FF 2017; Audience Award, Granada FF 2017; Best Film, Best Performance, London Asian FF 2017; Audience Award, Minneapolis FF 2017; In rural India, a burkha-clad college...
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...
THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM

THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM

Muayad Alayan, 2018, Palestine/The Netherlands/Germany/Mexico, 127 min Winner, Audience Award, Tiger Award, Rotterdam IFF 2018; Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair that could tear apart their...
LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA Alankrita Shrivastava, India, 2016, 116 min, in Hindi with English Subtitles, North American Premiere Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Film de Femmes 2017; Audience Award, Glasgow FF 2017; Audience Award, Granada FF 2017; Best Film, Best Performance, London Asian FF 2017; Audience Award, Minneapolis FF 2017; In rural India, a burkha-clad college...
Diaspora Film Festival 2017

Diaspora Film Festival 2017

We are very pleased to welcome you to the 17th annual Diaspora Film Festival. 2 to 5 November 2017 - Carlton Cinema - See details...
Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo

Ali Soozandeh, Germany/Austria, 2017, 96 min, in Farsi with English Subtitles Nominated, Camera d’Or and Critics’ Week Grand Prize, Cannes FF 2017; winner, FIPRESCI, Jerusalem FF 2017 Opening film, Thursday, 2 November 2017, 7:30 PM, Toronto Premiere The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran’s schizophrenic society where sex,...
The 90 Minutes War

The 90 Minutes War

Eyal Halfon, Israel/Germany/Portugal, 2016, 90 min, in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Portuguese, with English Subtitles Sunday, 5 November 2017, 8:00 PM What if the fate of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict decided through a soccer match??!! After years of bloodshed, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about to be resolved. A moment before another round of violence, the ideal solution...
Django

Django

Etienne Comar, 2017, France, 117min, French with English Subtitles Nominated for Golden Bear, Berlin FF 2017 Friday, 3 November 2017, 7:00 PM, Toronto Premiere   1943, occupied Paris. Django Reinhardt is at the pinnacle of his art. The brilliant and carefree jazz guitarist, king of ethereal swing, plays to standing-room- only crowds in the capital’s...