- Opening Night: Friday, Nov 13th 7:30 PM
- Second night: Saturday, Nov 14th 7:30 PM
- Closing night: Sunday, Nov 15th 7:30 PM
f_growing”GROWING HOME” (short) Amid Syria’s refugee crisis that has displaced 9 million people,a Syrian barber struggles to maintain normality in the infamous Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
Inside Out Film Festival www.insideout.ca
Syrian Kids Foundation www.syriankids.ca
queens”QUEENS OF SYRIA” (feature) A moving portrait of fifty Syrian women living in exile in Jordan, who come together to create and perform their own version of Euripides’ Ancient Greek drama “The Trojan Women.” The play’s narrative provides a vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them from another time, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War.
Canadian Arab Institute www.canadianarabinstitute.org No One Is Illegal – Toronto toronto.nooneisillegal.org Regent Park Film Festival www.regentparkfilmfestival.com
Our opening night screening is followed by a Q& A with Syrian actor Jay Abdo.
“GOAGoal2SyriaL TO SYRIA” A short animation depicting the heroism of the Civil Defence volunteers, a Syrian humanitarian rescue organization.
Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective www.rememberingalimustafa.org
syria_MorningFearsNightChan”MORNING FEARS, NIGHT CHANTS” (short) : The film tells the story of an unlikely revolutionary. A young, sheltered woman no longer shares her parents believes and cannot settle for the regime’s narrative of the war. Amongst the youth of the revolution, she finally finds a purpose. She decides to “defect” from her family, and joins the revolution — singing songs of courage and freedom in support of the demand for change.
Co Presented by:
Jayu Film Festival www.jayu.ca
Hide_and_seek”HIDE AND SEEK” (short) A Spanish film crew travels to Lebanon to shoot a”Hide and Seek” game in a Syrian refugee camp, blurring the lines between themselves and the ‘actors’ in this experimental documentary.
International Development and Relief Foundation www,idrf.com
The Spanish Centre www.spanishcentre.com
50-feet-from-syria”50 FEET FROM SYRIA” Hisham Bismar, a successful Syrian-American hand surgeon living a comfortable life in the US, decides he cannot continue to watch online images of wounded Syrian refugees flow across international borders. He decides to fly to Turkey to help the victims of Syria’s revolution from across the border. 50 Feet From Syria is a snapshot in time that captures the human cost of the Syrian civil war.
HotDocs www.hotdocs.ca UOSSM http://uossm-canada.org
WARNING: the film is very graphic in nature and displays injured/severed body parts.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Hisham Bismar and Skye Fitzgerald from “50 Feet from Syria.”
50 Feet from Syria
Diaspora”DIASPORA” (short) Through the lens of the media, Anders Gatten explores what the idea of ‘home’ has become for Syrian refugees who have escaped to Jordan and the implications of this large scale exodus.
Diaspora Film Festival wwwdiasporafilmfest.com
World Association For Christian Communication www.waccglobal.org
csm_Not_Who_We_Are_27054f84b5″NOT WHO WE ARE” (feature) The stories of five Syrian women lead us through the “refugee experience” as it impacts every aspect of their lives. Although these women come from different socio-educational backgrounds, they share the uncertainty of an unstable situation in Lebanon. They share their experiences of displacement and loss, and in the process, their strength and resilience shines through.
Amnesty International REEL AWARENESS Human Rights Film Festival www.aito.ca/reelawareness
Fairlawn Av. United Church, www.fairlawnchurch.ca Lifeline Syria www.lifelinesyria.ca Toronto Palestine Film Festival www.tpff.ca
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Anders Gatten from “Diaspora”
There are two ways to donate to SYFF:
Cheque: Please make a cheque payable to Syrian Film Festival and mail to the address below:
605-200 Robert Speck Parkway Mississauga, ON, L4Z1S3
Crowdfunding Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/syria-film-festival/x/4127037#/story