13th TPFF continues with jam-packed week of programs
The 13th annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival kicked off this week to bring the best Palestinian films, music, art to Toronto and a jam-packed week of programs.
The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and art to GTA audiences. TPFF was conceived in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Al-Nakba.
The festival was opened on September 23rd, and will run until September 29th.
This year 13th Toronto Palestine Film Festival is taking place entirely online. Among the short and feature films on the schedule is one from the great Palestinian director Elia Suleiman.
This year’s edition started with an author talk and book launch with the critically-acclaimed Palestinian writer Zaina Arafat and her debut novel You Exist Too Much. This captivating coming of age story, that has numerous topped must-read lists, follows a young queer Palestinian-American woman as she moves between her life in the Middle East and the US, from youth to adulthood and her longing for love and a place to call home.
The film program was kicked off with the Canadian premiere of Najwa Najjar’s latest masterpiece, Between Heaven and Earth. The film was published on September 23rd. Inspired by several historical events, Najwa Najjar’s third film is a modern-day road-trip drama that revolves around Salma and Tamer and a journey that takes them between the present and the past.
The event this year has so many programmes including three special performances by favourite Palestinian artists, thought-provoking discussions featuring local and international influential thinkers and change-makers, virtual and live art exhibit, virtual and live debut of the Local Pals film residency and a completely online program that allows participants to share the TPFF experience with friends and community from home.