Women filmmakers and protagonists take centre-stage at 11th TPFF

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What: 11th Toronto Palestine Film Festival

When: September 20-23, 2018

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hale Coffee

Tickets and Program: online: click here or in person: TIFF Bell Lightbox box office

Film Price: $10 students/seniors; $15 regular

Twitter: @TPFF   #TPFF2018

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Women feature prominently at the 11th Toronto Palestine Film Festival.  From filmmakers to protagonists, TPFF is pleased to host a diverse array of films in Toronto made by female filmmakers and/or featuring the stories of female trailblazers. The festival opens with the much anticipated Canadian premiere of Naila and the Uprising by Julia Bacha.  This internationally acclaimed documentary tells the story of the women’s movement during the first Intifada.  Both the director and lead protagonist Naila Ayesh will be in attendance.  The festival closes with the award-winning father-son drama Wajib by Annemarie Jacir – one of Palestine’s most famed filmmakers.

Other female-driven feature-length films include:

         What Walaa Wants by Christy Garland (Sept 21) – Young woman trains to be a police officer

         1948: Creation and Catastrophe co-directed by Ahlam Muhtaseb (Sept 22) – Palestinians and Israelis recall the shocking events of the Nakba

         Wild Relatives by Jumana Manna (Sept 22) – Female refugees help move seed bank from Syria to Lebanon

         The Judge by Erika Cohn (Sept 22) – Story of the Middle East’s first female Sharia court judge

         A Stone’s Throw from Prison by Raquel Castells (Sept 23) – A doc on child prisoners

         The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui (Sept 23) – Director uncovers FBI surveillance of her community near Chicago.

In total, TPFF is proud to be screening 11 films by female directors – comprising almost two-thirds of the program.

Canadian Films

TPFF is proud to be presenting two Canadian films at this year’s festival.  What Walaa Wants by Christy Garland and Wall by Cam Christiansen, an animated documentary on the segregation wall.

70th year of the Nakba

This year’s festival commemorates the 70th year of the Nakba.  In May, TPFF staged its first play – TAHA, which received rave reviews.  During the festival TPFFscreens the documentary 1948: Creation and Catastrophe and will be hosting a Q&A following the screening with co-director Ahlam Muhtaseb.

Visit http://www.tpff.ca/program-2018/ for a complete listing of our diverse selection of award-winning films.

Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch at a new location

TPFF brings back the always popular Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch featuring traditional Palestinian breakfast dishes, desserts and coffees. The event is hosted and catered by Hale Coffee (Sept 23, 11am Tickets $28).

For complete details on this year’s exciting program and online tickets please visit: http://www.tpff.ca/program-2018/.  See you at #TPFF2018!

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