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FILM PROGRAM​

SUNDAY, JULY 30

​DAY FIVE

World Premiere (WP), North American Premiere (NAP); Canadian Premiere (CP), Ontario Premiere (OP), Toronto Premiere (TP).

VIP CLOSING BRUNCH

AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Film and Screenplay Awards 2023!

 SUNDAY - JULY 30

9 AM – 12 PM

Directors and screenwriters (participants of  FeFF's Script Development Program) are complimentary guests.

All others guests $20 - Must purchase ticket by Tues. July 25 (EOD)

SOLD OUT 

The Annex Hotel Wine Bar

296 Brunswick Ave., M5S 2M7

FOREIGN SHORT AND CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY

SEXUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTY
FOREIGN SHORT​S
AND CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY

 SUNDAY, JULY 30
12 PM - 2 PM

Total running time: 92 minutes.

Followed by audience Q & A. Hosted by Elizabeth Lazebnik.

SHORT

DANCING AMID FIRE, 
RISING ABOVE RUINS

Directed by Essmat Sophie (Asima)

North American Premiere (NAP)

 

​Life and death are intertwined for Tara, a little girl from Iran’s Kurdish ethnic group. Mothers visit the graves of loved ones, victims of Iran’s revolution in 1979, as Tara and her friends play hide and seek among the graves. Amidst the chaos of the intensifying conflict, Tara receives a fantastic gift of red shoes on New Year’s.
 
(NAP, Animation, 6:00, 2023, Norway)

MAYBE WE ARE 
ALL THE SAME

Directed by Amina Seoudi

Toronto Premiere (TP)

 

Individual narratives of Egyptian women reveal how lack of sexual education, shame, and fear triggered by their society have led to tragic consequences and oppression. The visual language investigates the representation of Middle Eastern women, through archival and original footage.

 

(TP, Experimental Documentary, 10:46, 2021, Austria/Egypt/UK)

FEATURE

KOROMOUSSO: BIG SISTER

Directed by Habibata Ouarme and Jim Donovan

Toronto Premiere (TP)

 

KOROMOUSSO: BIG SISTER, directed by Habibata Ouarme and Jim Donovan. With candour, humour, and courage, a group of African-Canadian women challenge cultural taboos surrounding female sexuality and fight to reclaim their bodies. By interweaving different personal accounts, Koromousso: Big Sister explores the phenomenon of female genital mutilation (FGM) from the perspective of those who’ve experienced it. In their quest for individual and collective healing, the film’s main characters support each other in a journey that helps them to overcome their trauma and rebuild their self-esteem. With great sensitivity, the film examines the shame felt by women who’ve been subjected to FGM and now live in Canada, a country largely unresponsive to their experience because while it has banned the practice, it does not offer the reconstructive surgery that could lead to better sexual health.

 

(TP, Documentary, 1:15:00, 2022, Canada)