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To purchase tickets to TPFF festival screenings and events

- Order online here or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button at the end of each film or event description in the program - service charges apply
- Call 416 599 TIFF (8433) or toll free 1 888 599 8433 10 am to 7 pm daily - service charges may apply
- In person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office (350 King Street West, Toronto) 10 am to 10 pm daily*
- In person at the Box Office of the screening venue (opens 30 min. before the scheduled screening time)
- Ticket Prices to Film Screenings: regular $10, Student/Seniors $7
* For screenings not at TIFF Bell Lightbox: Tickets may only be picked up in advance at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office up until noon the day of the screening or at the box office of the screening venue before the film.

To purchase the TPFF10 CARD

The TPFF10 CARD is a discount card which can be redeemed for 10 admission tickets to regular TPFF film screenings.

To purchase the TPFF10 CARD:
- Order online here - service charges apply
- Call 416 599 TIFF (8433) or toll free 1 888 599 8433 10 am to 7 pm daily - service charges may apply
- In person at the at TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office (350 King Street West, Toronto) 10 am to 10 pm daily
- TPFF10 CARD early bird special: $50 before August 30
- TPFF10 CARD regular price: $75

To obtain tickets with your TPFF10 CARD:
- In Advance: Present your TPFF10 CARD at:
the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office (350 King Street West, Toronto 416-599-TIFF (8433)) during regular Box Office hours - 10am to 10pm daily*.
- At the screening: Present your TPFF10 CARD at the box office of the screening venue. The box office at the venue opens half an hour before the scheduled screening time.

Tickets are subject to availability - a TPFF10 CARD does not guarantee tickets for the screening of your choice.

Note: to gain admission to a screening you must first obtain a ticket.

* For screenings not at TIFF Bell Lightbox: Tickets may only be picked up in advance at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office up until noon the day of the screening or at the box office of the screening venue before the film.


For more information: tickets@topalff.net

TPFF 2014 Festival Program

Saturday, Sept 27, 2014 - 7pm: Opening Night: Palestine Stereo

Palestine Stereo
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Rashid Masharawi
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Feature
Film length:
90
Country of origin:
Palestine/Tunisia/France
Leaving Oslo
Venue:
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Premiere Status:
North American Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Yazan Khalili
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Experimental Short
Film length:
4.4
Country of origin:
Palestine

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Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 - 11am: Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch

Join TPFF for our annual Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch and enjoy a selection of delicious traditional brunch dishes prepared by Isam Kaisi, acclaimed chef of 93 Harbord and District Oven.

Get your tickets early because this event always sells out fast. Please note the TPFF 10 Card cannot be used to purchase tickets to this event. Order online here.

During this year's brunch the Toronto Palestine Film Festival is proud to screen the North American Premiere of Resistance Recipes by Dasa Raimanova, Alicia Qandil & Yazeed Abu Khadair (2013; 31 min; Poland/Palestine) a documentary on stories centred around food and organic agriculture, this film gives the viewer an insider's view of how Palestinians are affected by the occupation.

Our 2014 Sahtain! will take place at Beit Zatoun.

Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 - 2pm: Tasting Palestine: Contextualizing Food, History and Culture with Laila El-Haddad

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TPFF is pleased to host a conversation with Laila El-Haddad, a Palestinian journalist, author, blogger, and media activist from Gaza City. In 2013, she co-authored The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey - a cookbook of recipes from across Gaza that explores the food heritage and stories of life in Gaza. At TPFF she will be providing a personal perspective on Gaza, as well as discussing food, identity and resistance. This is a free event. The panel will take place at Beit Zatoun.

Sunday, Sept 28, 2014 - 6pm: Omar

Omar
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
CineStarz (Mississauga)
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 6:00pm
Director(s):
Hany Abu-Assad
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Feature
Film length:
98
Country of origin:
Palestine
Copresented by
Palestine House (Tickets sold here).
Blued
Trailer:
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Venue:
CineStarz (Mississauga)
Premiere Status:
North American premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 6:00pm
Director(s):
Rama Mari
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Short Drama
Film length:
17
Country of origin:
Norway/Palestine

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Monday, Sept 29, 2014 - 6pm: With Love From Palestine: TPFF Annual Art Show Opening featuring the works of Ali Mustafa

Ali Mustafa Exhibition:

On March 9, 2014, Ali Mustafa, a Toronto-based freelance photojournalist, activist and writer, was killed in Syria while covering the war. This year's art show is dedicated to Ali's social justice legacy and will feature his photography from Toronto, Brazil, Palestine, Egypt, and Syria.

This exceptional exhibition will run during the TPFF screenings at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Sept.29 – Oct.2) and is a free event and open to the public.

Monday, Sept 29, 2014 - 7pm: Giraffada

Giraffada
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Rani Massalha
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Feature
Film length:
100
Country of origin:
France/Germany
Copresented by
ReelWorld Film Festival.
Copresented by
Canadian Arab Institute
Sofa Journey
Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
North American Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Alaa Al Ali
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Experimental Short
Film length:
8
Country of origin:
Lebanon

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Monday, Sept 29, 2014 - 9pm: The Road to Silverstone

The Road to Silverstone
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Canadian Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Johan Eriksson
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
58
Country of origin:
Palestine/Finland
Copresented by
Regent Park Film Festival.
Copresented by
FCJ Refugee Centre
Condom Lead
Trailer:
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Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Canadian Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Tarzan & Arab Nasser
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Short Drama
Film length:
14
Country of origin:
Palestine
Message To Obama
Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Mohanad Salahat
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Short Documentary
Film length:
7
Country of origin:
Palestine

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Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 - 7pm: Land of the Story

Land of the Story
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
North American Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Rashid Masharawi
Release year:
2012
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
52
Country of origin:
Palestine
Xenos
Trailer:
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Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Canadian premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Mahdi Fleifel
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Experimental Short
Film length:
12
Country of origin:
UK/Greece/Denmark
Copresented by
CLIFF.

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Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 - 9pm: The Village Under the Forest

The Village Under the Forest
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Toronto Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Mark Kaplan (In Attendance via Skype)
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
68
Country of origin:
South Africa/Palestine/Israel
Copresented by
Independent Jewish Voices.
Copresented by
Planet in Focus
20 Handshakes for Peace
Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
North American Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Mahdi Fleifel
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Experimental
Film length:
3
Country of origin:
Palestine

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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - 7pm: Cinema Palestine

Cinema Palestine
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Tim Schwab (In Attendance)
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
79
Country of origin:
Canada
Copresented by
International Diaspora FIlm Festival.
Copresented by
Cinema Politica
Copresented by
OCADU

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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 - 9:30pm: Just Play

Just Play
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Canadian Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:30pm
Director(s):
Dimitri Chimenti
Release year:
2012
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
58
Country of origin:
Palestine/France/Italy
Copresented by
Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Smile, and the World Will Smile Back
Trailer:
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Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:30pm
Director(s):
Al-Haddad Family, Ehab Tarabieh, Yoav Gross
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Short Documentary
Film length:
20
Country of origin:
Israel/Palestine
Copresented by
Hot Docs.

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Thursday Oct 2, 2014 - 7pm: Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine

Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Toronto Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Connie Field
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
93
Country of origin:
Palestine/USA
Copresented by
Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts.
Al Sheesha
Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
International Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Daniel Malak
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Experimental Short
Film length:
2
Country of origin:
United Arab Emirates

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Thursday Oct 2, 2014 - 9pm: Forbidden Pilgrimage

Forbidden Pilgrimage
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
North American Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Ahmad Damen
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
50
Country of origin:
Palestine
Copresented by
Beit Zatoun.
Copresented by
Faculty for Palestine
The Salt Fisherman
Venue:
Jackman Hall, AGO
Premiere Status:
Canadian premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 9:00pm
Director(s):
Ziad Bakri
Release year:
2011
Film genre:
Experimental Short
Film length:
18
Country of origin:
Palestine

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Friday Oct 3, 2014 - 7pm: Closing Night: My Love Awaits Me by the Sea

My Love Awaits me by the Sea
Trailer:
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Buy tickets Venue:
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Mais Darwazah (In Attendance)
Release year:
2013
Film genre:
Documentary
Film length:
81
Country of origin:
Jordan/Palestine/Qatar/Germany
Copresented by
Hot Docs.
Dear Hassan
Trailer:
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Venue:
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Premiere Status:
North American Premiere
Date and time:
29 Mar 2017, 7:00pm
Director(s):
Axel Salvatori-Sinz
Release year:
2014
Film genre:
Short Documentary
Film length:
4
Country of origin:
France

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TPFF 2014 Pre-Festival Program

Tickets: Events are either "by donation" or tickets are available at the door
see individual events for details

For more information: info@topalff.net

Friday August 8th, 8:00pm: TPFF Party in the Pits!: Outdoor Screening of Laila's Birthday

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The annual TPFF Party in the Pits will take place on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 8PM at Christie Pits Park. Join us for a free screening of acclaimed Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi (Palestine Stereo, Land of the Story), and TPFF’s 2008 closing night film Laila's Birthday!

Laila's Birthday is a wry, dark comedy tracing a day in the life of a judge-turned-taxi driver.As he leaves to start his day, Abu Laila (played by Mohammad Bakri) is reminded by his wife to come home early with a cake for their daughter’s birthday. However, Abu Laila, a law-abiding judge who drives a taxi to make ends meet, faces numerous obstacles as he navigates the absurdity occupation and bureaucracy in Ramallah to complete his most important mission. Laila’s Birthday is a powerful and humorous portrait of ordinary Palestinians living in impossible circumstances in occupied Ramallah. Watch the trailer here.

We screened Laila's Birthday at our 2008 closing night! It was a wildly successful evening, the theatre was packed and energy was high. We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful film with Toronto audiences again!

This is a free event. Christie Pits Park is located at 750 Bloor St W. Find this event on Facebook here.

Thursday May 15th, 7:00pm: TPFF Nakba Commemoration: The Great Book Robbery

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On Thursday May 15th, at 7pm at Beit Zatoun, TPFF will commemorate the Nakba with a special screening of The Great Book Robbery - a film about the books and artworks stolen from the homes of Palestinians after they were expelled. Following the film's screening, TPFF will host a discussion about the film and the efforts being made to reunite Palestinians with their stolen property.

For Palestinians, May 15th is the annual day of commemoration of the displacement and exile of the indigenous people of Palestine in 1948 to create the state of Israel. This catastrophe is ongoing and has had a boundless impact on the history and identity of the Palestinian people.

Watch the trailer here

A synopsis tells: “Goodbye, my books! Farewell to the house of wisdom… I do not know what became of you after we left….” These haunting words by Khalil al-Sakakini, a prominent Palestinian educator from Jerusalem, chronicle one of the untold stories of the Nakba. As Palestinians were expelled from their land in 1948, librarians from Israel’s National Library followed the militias as they forced their way into Palestinian homes. Their mission was to collect as many valuable books, manuscripts, photographs and artworks as possible – an estimated 70,000 books were seized and labelled ‘AP’ (Abandoned Property). Officially, the Israelis labelled this as a ‘cultural rescue operation’ but for Palestinians it was ‘cultural theft’. In 2008, an Israeli PhD student stumbled across documents in the national archive that revealed the full extent of the ‘collection’ policy. Using interviews, animation and secret footage, the film tells the stories of the books and their owners, and exposes Israel’s refusal to return the looted property to their rightful owners.

Saturday April 26th, 8:00pm: Olive Harvest: TPFF Fundraiser and Art Auction

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In 2013, BlogTO included TPFF in its list of best film festivals in Toronto.This honour would not be possible without the amazing support of our fans, and the generosity of our sponsors and donors whose financial support allows TPFF to bring the Palestinian narrative through film and art to our Toronto audiences.

Please join TPFF for a Cocktail Reception and Art Auction to celebrate 6 successful years and help support the 7th annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival.

More Information:

Saturday April 26, 2014, 8:00pm

Cabal Social, 782 King St W, Toronto

Tickets: $100 (Click here for tickets.)

Dress code: Cocktail attire

Drinks and Canapés will be served

If you are unable to join us at the fundraiser but would like to make a donation to the festival (all amounts appreciated), please visit our donor page for more information or contact sponsorship@topalff.net. As a volunteer run organization, all donations go directly into the festival. Thank you for your support!

Saturday January 18th, 9:00pm: TPFF Copresentation of The Square by Jehane Noujaim

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On Saturday January 18th, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival is pleased to be co-presenting the award-winning documentary The Square by Jehane Noujaim.

After the screening we are pleased to be hosting a Q&A with the director Jehane Noujaim who will be in attendance via skype.

Watch the trailer here

Already being touted by critics as an Oscar front-runner Jehane Nougaim's The Square is a riveting account of the recent the Egyptian Revolution, as a nation strives to create a new society without corruption, brutality, tyranny and greed. Told through the perspective of six different protestors (including Khalid Abdalla, actor in The Kite Runner and co-founder of مُصِرّين/Mosireen) it's an intimate glimpse of the still-evolving political landscape, giving context to what these revolutionaries are fighting for. Starting from the victorious overthrowing a thirty-year dictatorship to the current issues of a "transitional" military regime, The Square demonstrates how the revolutionaries' battle has not stopped. It's a war for freedom even after the battle has been won.(Robin Smith, Hot Docs)

Learn more about the film here: http://thesquarefilm.com/

Awards:

Sundance Film Festival Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary (2013)

Toronto International Film Festival BlackBerry People's Choice

Documentary Award (2013).

IDA Documentary Association Best Feature Award (2013)

ArcLight Documentary Film Series Jury Prize (2013)

Carmel Art and Film Festival Best Documentary (2013)

Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal Opening film and Audience Award (2013)

Jehane Noujaim was raised in Cairo and studied at Harvard. She has directed the documentaries Startup.com (01) and Control Room (04), and co-directed Storm from the South (06) and Rafea: Solar Mama (12). Her latest documentary is The Square (13).

This event will be copresented with Dr. Khalid Hasanee and Dr. Yasmine Hussain.


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