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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

Opening October 25, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival is "an important component of the year-long activities commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba. Cinema represents a powerful means for visually interpreting the collective identity and historic struggle of the Palestinian people. The Festival will present in film the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people living in exile or under Israeli occupation."

TPFF will showcase 36 films (22 of them premiers), including:
  • the award-winning Hanna Elias feature "The Olive Harvest" (2003; one of the all-time great Palestinian films);
  • a documentary on the late Palestinian poet laureate Mahmoud Darwish titled "As the Land is Language";
  • a new film by Mohammed Bakri ("Jenin, Jenin") called "Since You Left";
  • the long-awaited "Slingshot Hip-hop" about Palestinian artists;
Advanced tickets are available at Toronto Women's Bookstore (Spadina and Harbord) or the National Film Board (NFB) office (John and Richmond). More ticket info here.

Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
NFB Cinema, 150 John Street, Toronto
AMC Courtney Park 16 Theatre, 110 Courtney Park Drive, Mississauga

TPFF runs from October 25-November 1.

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