Diaspora Film Festival

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

Dancing Pina

Dancing Pina

Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Germany, 2022, 111’, Toronto Premiere. In English, German, and French, with English subtitles.

Showtime: Saturday, 11 November, 5:30 PM, Innis Town Hall.

The Settlers

The Settlers

Felipe Gálvez, Chile, Argentina, UK, 97’, 2023. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Cannes FF 2023, Winer, FIPRESCI Prize, Nominated, Golden Camera, Un Certain Regard Award; Munich FF 2023, Nominated, Best Film by Emerging Filmmaker; Haifa FF 2023, Nominated, San Sebastian IFF, Nominated, Horizons Award.

Showtime: Saturday, 11 November, 3:15...

Joonam

Joonam

Sierra Urich, USA, 2023, 110’, Canadian Premiere. In English and Farsi, with English subtitles. Cleveland FF 2023, Winner, Best Documentary; Sundance FF 2023, Nominated, Grand Jury Prize Sierra Urich will be in attendance for an on-stage interview and conversation with the audience.

Showtime: Saturday, 11 November, 7:45 PM, Innis Town Hall.

The Old Oak

The Old Oak

Ken Loach, UK, 2023, 113’, Toronto Premiere. In English and Arabic, with English subtitles.

Showtime: Sunday, 12 November, 6:45 PM, Innis Town Hall.

Diaspora Film Festival 23

Diaspora Film Festival 23

Get ready for the ultimate film extravaganza celebrating diverse cultures and captivating stories—Diaspora Film Festival 23 is here to blow
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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
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...
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...