ALIGARH  Opening film and red carpet gala

India/ 110 min/ Hindi - Canadian Premiere +14A   co-presented with InsideOut Toronto LGBT film festival

Dir: Hansal Mehta

Starring cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkumar Rao

A professor's sexuality is used against him to remove him from Aligarh university and assassinate his character.

Director: Hansal Mehta is an Indian film director, writer, actor and producer. Mehta started his career in television with his show Khana Khazana (1993-2000) and later moved onto movies like Jayate (1999) and Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000). He is best known for Shahid for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction, and the much acclaimed CityLights (2014).

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A GIRL IN THE RIVER: The price of forgiveness        

 Co-presented with the Noor Cultural Centre 

Pakistan/USA 45 min/ UrduPG13

Dir: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

The 2016 Oscar-winning short tells the story of a girl in Pakistan who was shot in the face and left to die but lived to tell her tale and pull herself out of her miserable situation despite the odds stacked against her.

DirectorSHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY (Director, Producer) is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. She recently completed work on the documentary feature A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award-winning films in over 10 countries, including Saving FaceTransgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning 4 continents, including HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel.

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CINEMAWALA

India/ 95 min/ Bengali- Canadian Premiere PG

Dir. Kaushik Ganguly

Pranabendu Das is a cinema owner in a small town in West-Bengal who only projects celluloid. His son Prakash on the other hand, sells pirated DVDs. The father/son conflict is set up in a classic and remarkable way. Prakash is unperturbed by his father, Pranab’s condition. He is an opportunist, who would never give morality a chance while making himself an established businessman. A classic father-son relationship tale weaves through this struggle of contemporary cinema accessibility. 

Director: Kaushik Ganguly, one of the finest filmmakers of India, is known for his works like Shunyo e Buke (2005), Arekti Premer Galpo (2010), Shabdo (2012), Apur Panchali (2013) Chotoder Chobi (2015). He became significant in Indian Cinema for his consecutive five film nominations in Indian Panoroma and his National Award for "Shobdo" & “Chotoder Chobi”. Ganguly's unconventional choice of subject has won him many accolades. He was awarded with the Best Director award for his film "Apur Panchali" at IIFI 2013. “Chotoder Chobi” won the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues while Dulal Sarkar received the Silver Peacock Award for Best Actor in IFFI,Goa,India 2014.

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CRICKET & PARK-EX

Canada/ 45 min/ Documentary - English

Cricket & Parc-Ex: A Love Story takes us inside the world of cricket and the daily life of Parc Extension – one of Canada’s poorest yet most vibrant immigrant neighbourhoods.
Little known in Quebec, cricket has hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. For the immigrant cricket players in Parc-Ex, cricket is a buffer, an arena in which they can find success, dignity, and community recognition as they slowly integrate into Quebec society. As we immerse ourselves in their world, we get to know several local cricket players including Suk, a 66 year old who immigrated from Guyana over 40 years ago and now sells and repairs cricket equipment in the basement of his grocery store; Raiyan, a 17-year-old aspiring cricket star who came to Montreal only two years ago from Bangladesh; and Huma, Alishba, Suma, and Eeman – a group of four girls of Pakistani origin who challenge the belief that only boys can play cricket. As we get to know them, we also learn more about how to play the world’s second most popular sport.
Director: Garry Beitel is a Montreal based documentary filmmaker. His probing portraits of individuals and communities have been screened in theatres and broadcast on Canadian television for nearly 30 years, winning national and international awards. He works primarily in Canada – both in English and French - but has also made films in China, Africa, South America, Mexico and the Middle East. Garry is the 2011 recipient of the Bourse de carrière (for lifetime achievement) awarded annually by the Conseil des arts et des letters de Québec. He is the first Anglophone filmmaker in Quebec to receive this prestigious award.

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DHEEPAN

France/ 103min / Tamil/French AA
Dir/ Writer: Jacques Audiard

National Bank MISAFF16 presented by ZEE TV is proud to showcase the Oscar-nominated, multiple-award-winner DHEEPAN directed by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard. The film tells the story of three Tamil refugees who flee the civil war in Sri Lanka and come to France in hopes of a better life. The lead character is played by Antonythasan Jesuthasan who was a former Tamil Tiger child soldier. The film examines the plight of refugees living in the global North. An absolute must-see on the big screen.

Director: Jacques Audiard is a French director of great films like RUST AND BONE and A PROPHET. He is a two-time Palme d'Or winner at Cannes. 

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HIGHWAY

India/ 137 min/ Marathi - Canadian Premiere PG

dir: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

Starring: Girish Kulkarni, Huma Qureshi, Tisca Chopra, Renuka Shahane Rana, Vidyadhar Joshi, Mukta Barve, Sunil Barve, Mayur Khandge, Shrikant Yadav, Kishore Chaugule, Kishor Kadam, Vrishali Kulkarni, Purva Pawar

Highway examines the lives of travellers on the Mumbai to Pune journey. With brilliant performances from relatively unknown actors, the film manages to capture the human condition. Highway is an allegory for the escape we all seem to seek. Not to be missed.  

Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni studied filmmaking at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India where he specialized in direction. His diploma film Girni (The Grinding Machine) won the president’s gold medal for best short film and best direction in the year 2005. His short documentary Three of Us premiered in Berlinale 2008. His first feature film Valu (The Wild Bull) along with the other two films, Vihir (The Well) and Deool (A Temple) were premiered in Rotterdam 2008, 2010 and 2012 respectively. These films were extremely successful with critics as well as audiences. Vihir (The Well) was also selected at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. He has directed short films among which Gaarud (The Spell) and Vilay (Dissolution) have been selected in the short film festivals of Oberhausen and Clermont Ferrand. He also produced Masala (Spices) (2012) and Pune-52 (2013).

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LOOK AGAIN  

Canada/ 84 min/ English +14A

Dir: Daniel O' Connor

Starring: Anand Rajaram, Brittany Allen, Joel Keller, Christian Potenza, Darryl Dinn, Ronica Sajnani, Eugene Clark

Betrayed by people he trusted and on the verge of ending it all, a man is visited by his guardian angels who give him a special gift: a pair of glasses that allow him to see people’s true nature. Expecting life to be simpler and for all things to go his way, he’s surprised by his friends’ reactions – and even his own reaction to having this unique power. Look Again is a comedic and thought-provoking exploration of our tendency to judge others – and the consequences of doing so.

Director: Daniel O’Connor is an award-winning filmmaker living in Toronto.  He has written and directed five films that have been broadcast nationally in Canada on networks such as CBC, Showcase, Bravo, VisionTVand Superchannel.  Daniel’s first feature Run Robot Run! is 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN      

Canada/ 89 min/ English - World Premiere  +14A

Directors: Arsalan Shirazi & Biko Franklin

Starring: Arsalan Shirazi& Samantha Spatari

National Bank MISAFF presented by ZEE TV is proud to showcase the world premiere of ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN written and directed by Toronto filmmakers Arsalan Shirazi and Biko Franklin. Produced by Michael Lickver, Biko Franklin, and Arsalan Shirazi.

Sami is in an impossible relationship where he cannot live with or without the girl he wants. Unlike most films of its genre, ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN does not shy away from exploring the psycho-sexual realm of romance and is sure to generate conversations around sexual representations in contemporary cinema.

Please take note: This is an adult film title rated AA.

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SONG OF LAHORE          

Co-presented with Noor Cultural Centre

Paksitan/ 90 min/ Urdu PG

Dir: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Andy Schocken

With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan's 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. The city came alive to the beat of a tabla drum; with a musical culture passed down over centuries and a thriving film industry, opportunities were great for the legion of musicians that called Lahore home. Today, this vision of Lahore exists only in myth. Despite their rising international acclaim, Sachal Studios remains virtually unknown in Pakistan. The ensemble is faced with a daunting task; to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere.

Directors:

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY (Director, Producer) is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. She recently completed work on the documentary feature A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award-winning films in over 10 countries, including Saving FaceTransgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning 4 continents, including HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel.

In 2012 Time magazine included Obaid-Chinoy in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013 the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos.

ANDY SCHOCKEN (Director, Producer) is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer living in Brooklyn. He was a co-producer and cinematographer for The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, which was nominated for an Academy Award and aired on HBO. His cinematography credits include recent theatrically released documentaries such as A Lego BrickumentaryFirst PositionFight Church and Gerhard Richter – Painting. His corporate clients include Apple, Facebook, and Etsy. Schocken holds a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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WAITING    

India/ 100 min/ Hindi/English  Canadian Premiere

Closing night red carpet gala is followed by an after party and awards ceremony at the cinema. Director Anu Menon will be in attendance for Q & A

Formal attire is required.  

SYNOPSIS

Starring the brilliant Naseer Uddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, WAITING is a story about finding hope amidst despair and finding the strength to confront grief, head on. The film screening will be followed by Q & A with the director followed by an awards ceremony. There will be a reception following the screening which will include light refreshments for the closing.

Director: After a decade of strategic planning in advertising agencies in India and Singapore, Anu Menon decided to give it all up to chase her dream of filmmaking. She graduated from the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking and a rare distinction. Her short films “Ravi Goes to School,” “Fock Helen and Harry” and “Baby” have screened at various notable film festivals including Tribeca and Edinburgh. Her first feature film, LONDON PARIS NEW YORK, was released in March 2012 to critical acclaim. WAITING is her second feature film.

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ZEAL FOR UNITY 1

National Bank MISAFF presents a double-bill screening of INDO/PAK films presented by ZEE Cinemas. ZEAL FOR UNITY is the leading initiative to empower South Asian filmmakers and encourage cinematic collaboration. All screenings are followed by Q & A with filmmakers and actors. #ItTakesTwo

SAARI RAAT (India)
Directed by the talented Aparna Sen, Saari Raat is a film about a married couple who takes shelter in a dilapidated house on a rainy night during the dying monsoon in Lonavla only to discover some dark secrets. #ItTakesTwo

JEEVAN HAATHI 

Directed by the dynamic duo of Pakistani filmmakers Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur (Zinda Bhaag), this film is sure to bring you riotous laughter. JEEVAN HAATHI examines the convoluted world of reality television in Pakistan. 

When: Friday, 5 August 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) 

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ZEAL FOR UNITY 2

National Bank MISAFF presents a double-bill screening of INDO/PAK films presented by ZEE Cinemas. ZEAL FOR UNITY is the leading initiative to empower South Asian filmmakers and encourage cinematic collaboration. All screenings are followed by Q & A with filmmakers and actors. #ItTakesTwo

National Bank MISAFF presents a double-bill screening of INDO/PAK films presented by ZEE Cinemas. ZEAL FOR UNITY is the leading initiative to empower South Asian filmmakers and encourage cinematic collaboration. All screenings are followed by Q & A with filmmakers and actors. #ItTakesTwo LALA BEGUM Pakistan/ 93 min/ Urdu PG Dir: Mehreen Jabbar An allegory for the sisters Pakistan and India, LALA BEGUM manouvers the terse territory of the strained relationship with skill and craft. This film is masterfully directed by one of Paksitan television's top directors Mehreen Jabbar. Actor MARINA KHAN will be in attendance for Q & A after the screening.

When: Saturday, 6 August 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) 

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ZUBAAN (VOICE)    

India/ 98 min/ Hindi - Ontario Premiere PG

dir: Mozez Singh

National Bank MISAFF16 presented by ZEE TV is proud to showcase the thrilling Indian film ZUBAAN (Tongue) directed by Mozez Singh and starring Vicky Kaushal.
Zubaan is a rags to riches story with a solid plot and highly skilled direction as well as flawless performances. It is a perfect blend of independent, paralell Indian cinema and Bollywood.  ZUBAAN is a very sexy, suspenseful and at times disturbing film that examines class and culture and delves into the psyche of a man at times teetering on madness. Definitely worth a watch on the big screen and not to be missed at all.

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Please note that MISAFF16 full schedule is subject to change.