Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Gala Films

DOOR TO THE SUN (Bab El-Shams), 2004, directed by Yousery Nasrallah. Playing at the Bloor Cinema at 7pm on Saturday July 23rd. An epic drama which vividly chronicles the dispossession of one Palestinian family over three generations, beginning in 1943 and ending in the present.  DOOR TO THE SUN was in the Cannes official selection and is recognized as the most important Palestinian film to date.


ALEXANDRIA... NEW YORK is the fourth part of Youssef Chahine's beloved Alexandria series. Playing at the Bloor Cinema at 9pm on Sunday July 24th. This film was censored at the 2004 New York Film Festival. The Washington Post claims that the Egyptian musical "is a cinematic divorce paper". Come and see one of the world's legendary filmmakers lament: "New York, why do you resist tenderness?" ALEXANDRIA... NEW YORK was the 2004 Cannes winner of Un Certain Regard and their closing night gala film.

Advance ticket sales available. Please contact torontoarabfilmfestival@yahoo.ca, and write advance tickets in the subject line.

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Donations

The Toronto Arab Film Festival is accepting DONATIONS!!!

The Toronto Arab Film Festival is a volunteer based organization, currently in our 4th year running. Donations of any amounts are encouraged to help offset the cost of putting on the festival. If you are interested in making a donation, please send us an email and we will send you the details about how to donate. Please note TAFF is currently in the process of receiving our non-profit status.

Volunteer

TAFF is always looking for committed, enthusiastic, energetic and friendly volunteers. In the lead-up to and during the festival, we need people to distribute flyers, put up posters, take tickets, and act as ushers. Volunteering with TAFF is a great way to meet others who are interested in film and Arabic culture and get a closer look into the production of a community-based film and video festival.

Interested in becoming involved?

Contact us and we’ll add you to our volunteer database so you know about volunteer opportunities as they come up. If you have any special skills or experience, let us know, or better yet, include a resume. Email: torontoarabfilmfestival@yahoo.ca

Tickets

Tickets to all screenings at the NFB Cinema are by donation. Suggested donation $5.

Tickets for the films being shown at the Bloor Cinema, DOOR TO THE SUN and ALEXANDRIA... NEW YORK, are $10
each. Advance tickets sales will be available--locations to be announced. Tickets can also be purchased 30 minutes before start time at the Bloor Cinema box office.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Locations

Film Screenings at the NFB and Bloor Cinemas

NATIONAL FILM BOARD of Canada (NFB)
150 John St.
West of Osgoode Subway Station
Cross Streets are John and Richmond

BLOOR CINEMA
506 Bloor St. West
East of Bathurst Subway Station

*Opening Party at the NFB
*Closing Night Party at Blur Bar (549 Bloor St. West)
across the street from the Bloor Cinema

2005 Program!

WEDNESDAY July 20
Opening Night!

~NFB~
WEDNESDAY July 7PM

Viva Laldjerie
Director: Nadir Mokneche
Country: Algeria/France
Feature Film
Year: 2003
Running Time: 113 min
nudity, sexual content

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf
Director: Susan Youssef
Country: USA/Palestine
Narrative
Year: 2005
Running Time: 10 min

Arabs A Go-Go
Director: Jaqueline Salloum
Country: USA
Experimental
Year: 2004
Running Time: 2 min

Opening night party immediately following the films at the NFB

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THURSDAY July 21
Spotlight on Arabs in the Diaspora

~NFB~
THURSDAY 3:30PM
cut us up, cut us down. arab experiences in the diaspora.

BBQ Muslims
Director: Zarqa Nawaz
Country: Canada
Narrative
Year: 1995
Running Time: 5 min

Not From Here
Director: Mireille Astore
Country: Australia/Lebanon
Experimental
Year: 2005
Running Time: 2 min

The Sign is Said to be Put in the Place of the Thing Itself
Director: Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2004
Running Time: 9 min

Aadan
Director: Ruba Nadda
Country: Canada
Narrative
Year: 2004
Running Time: 10 min

Planet of the Arabs
Director: Jaqueline Salloum
Country: USA
Experimental
Year: 2004
Running Time: 10 min

Olives for Peace
Director: Jamelie Hassan
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 2 min

At the Window (A La Fenetre)
Director: Majdi El-Omari
Country: Canada
Narrative
Year: 2004
Running Time: 30 min

Arab Terrorist Management Camp
Director: Dalia Al Kury
Country: Canada/Jordan
Mockumentary
Year: 2004
Running Time: 9 min


~NFB~
THURSDAY 9PM

Tar Angel
Director: Denis Chouinard
Country: Canada
Feature Film
Year: 2002
Running Time: 99 min

~NFB~
THURSDAY Midnight

Saved by the Belles
Director: Ziad Touma
Country: Canada
Feature Film
Year: 2003
Running Time: 90 min

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FRIDAY July 22

~NFB~
FRIDAY 3:30PM

Souha Surviving Hell
Director: Randa Chahal Sabbag
Country: Lebanon
Documentary
Year: 2001
Running Time: 57 min

Hostage: The Bachar Tapes
Director: Walid Ra’ad
Experimental
Year: 2000
Running Time: 18 min

I See the Stars at Noon
Director: Saeed Taji Farouky
Country: Morocco
Documentary
Year: 2004
Running Time: 57 min


~NFB~
FRIDAY 7PM

In the Shadows of the City
Director: Jean Khalil Chamoun
Country: Lebanon
Feature Film
Year: 2000
Running Time: 102 min


~NFB~
FRIDAY 9PM

A Thousand Months (Mille Mois)
Director: Faouzi Bensaidi
Country: Morocco
Feature Film
Year: 2003
Running Time: 120 min

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SATURDAY July 23
Spotlight on Palestine

~NFB~
SATURDAY 3:30PM

Naji Al-Ali: An Artist With Vision
Director: Kasim Abid
Country: Palestine
Documentary
Year: 1999
Running Time: 52 min

Forbidden to Wander
Director: Susan Youssef
Country: Palestine/USA
Documentary
Year: 2005
Running Time: 35 min

Chic Point
Director: Sharif Waked
Country: Palestine
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 7 min

Oliveland
Director: Video 48 Meisler/ Hard Pressed Collective
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 2 min

Fruition
Director: Jennifer Jajeh / Hard Pressed Collective
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 2 min

To Kill An Olive
Director: Omid Arabian / Hard Pressed Collective
Country: USA
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 2 min

Akoub the Challenge
Director: Balata Film Collective
Country: Palestine (Balata Refugee Camp)
Documentary
Year: 2005
Running Time: 6 min

Kan Ya Makan
Director: Kathy Wazana / Hard Pressed Collective
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 2 min


~BLOOR CINEMA~
SATURDAY 7PM

untitled part 3: (as if) Beauty Never Ends
Director: Jayce Salloum
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2002
Running Time: 11 min

Door to the Sun (Bab El-Shams)
Director: Yousery Nasrallah
Country: Palestine/Egypt
Feature Film
Year: 2004
Running Time: 278 min


~NFB~
SATURDAY Midnight

Pacts
Director: b.h. Yael / Hard Pressed Collective
Country: Canada
Experimental
Year: 2003
Running Time: 2 min

Rana's Wedding
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Country: Palestine
Feature Film
Year: 2002
Running Time: 90 min

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SUNDAY July 24

~NFB~
SUNDAY 3:30PM

Exile & Empire: 20 Shorts on Iraq
Director: Duraid Munajim
Country: Canada/Iraq
Documentary
Year: 2004
Running Time: 90 min

The Singing Sheikh
Director: Heiny Srour
Country: Egypt
Documentary
Year: 1991
Running Time: 10 min

Allahu Akbar
Director: Usama Alshaibi
Country: USA
Experimental
Year: 2004
Running Time: 5 min

~NFB~
SUNDAY 6pm

A Man in Our House
Director: Henri Barakat
Country: Egypt
Feature Film
Year: 1961
Running Time: 159 min


~BLOOR CINEMA~
SUNDAY 9PM

Alexandria... New York
Director: Youssef Chahine
Country: Egypt
Feature Film
Year: 2004
Running Time: 128 min

Closing night party at blur on Bloor St immediately following the film.

About TAFF

The Toronto Arab Film Festival is a non-profit, non-sectarian collective of Arab Canadian independent media artists.  TAFF exhibits and promotes films and videos by Arabs (on any topic) and films about the Arab world (by everyone).


We aim to engage Arab Canadians and others committed to the ethnic diversity of Canadian by providing a venue for our subaltern narratives. We are dedicated to promoting anti-oppression through creating a critical and open environment. We hope to empower the Arab Canadian community by showing works from the Arab world, as well as those which express the unique and hybrid visions of the Arab Diaspora.

Press Release

Welcome to the 4th Annual Toronto Arab Film Festival!

The Toronto Arab Film Festival (TAFF) celebrates its 4th anniversary this year.  The only Canadian festival of its kind, TAFF promotes the rich diversity of Arabic cinema.  Running from July 20-24 at the NFB and Bloor cinemas, tickets to all screenings are by donation, except for DOOR TO THE SUN and ALEXANDRIA... NEW YORK, which are $10. For complete box office, programme, schedule and party details please visit www.taff.ca.

"Of our 9 feature films, 6 documentaries, and 21 short works, most are Toronto premiers. We have films from Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, USA, Australia, but almost half (15) are from Canada.  Arab Canadian filmmakers finally have a festival to call home," enthuses Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Executive Director.

The opening night film, VIVA LALDJERIE, by director Nadir Mokneche, follows the story of three women: a mother, her daughter, and a prostitute who live in the heart of Algiers.  Known in Europe as the “Algerian Almodovar,” Mokneche’s newest film is a must see. Opening night party at the NFB.

The festival spotlight on Palestinian Cinema begins with a documentary homage to the nation’s foremost comic artist, NAJI AL-ALI: AN ARTIST WITH VISION.  The spotlight ends with the poignant feature film, RANA’S WEDDING, about a delayed marriage that takes place at an Israeli check point.  The crowning film in this spotlight is DOOR TO THE SUN, an epic drama which vividly chronicles the dispossession of one Palestinian family over three generations, beginning in 1943 and ending in the present.  DOOR TO THE SUN was in the Cannes official selection and is recognized as the most important Palestinian historical fiction to date.

“Cut us up, cut us down: Arab experiences in the diaspora” is a fitting title for our spotlight on hybrid works from Canada, the USA and Australia.  For example, AADAN, Ruba Nadda’s short 2004 film was funded by the CBC show ZED with the intention of a TV broadcast; the producers of the show said that the film was a public service announcement for Islam and demanded a number of changes.  Ironically, AADAN was also shunned at some festivals in the Middle East for being too Western.

Closing Night Gala with ALEXANDRIA... NEW YORK. One of only three directors to ever receive a lifetime achievement award from the Cannes, Youssef Chahine’s autobiographical feature film is the fourth chapter of his beloved Alexandria series.  ALEXANDRIA... NEW YORK was slated to premier in the USA at the New York Film Festival but was censored at the last moment.  Festival executives claimed that the Egyptian musical was too critical of America. The Washington Post explained that although Chahine had been a long time admirer of New York, this film “is a cinematic divorce paper.”  Party at Blur on Bloor immediately following the film.

The Toronto Arab Film Festival is a non-profit, non-sectarian collective of Arab Canadian independent media artists.  Even in its fourth year TAFF still has not received government funding, and is organized entirely as a labour of love.

Contact: Vicky Moufawad-Paul: torontoarabfilmfestival@yahoo.ca