ARIFA

CANADIAN PREMIERE | United Kingdom | 91 min | English PG

Arifa is the insightful, original and authentic debut from British filmmaker Sadia Saeed. Arifa (Shermin Hassan) is a woman still finding her way in the world. Unlucky in love, things scarcely seem to improve when she becomes entangled with mysterious ‘professional gamer’ Riccardo. Just like the other men in her life – namely her absentee, bootlegging father Hameed – evasiveness and commitment issues are everywhere. As she unpicks the issues she encounters in her life, helped in part by her counsellor Shabana (Shazia Mirza), Arifa will find herself growing up, and realising that things don’t always turn out as you might expect, in this striking, confident debut feature.

About the director: Born in Pakistan, Sadia left to live in Australia with her family when she was six. In 2007, Sadia produced and edited a documentary film for The Urdu Society’s Mushaira, an annual Urdu poetry recital held in Sydney which featured the work of acclaimed Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz among other Urdu poets. Sadia’s next short film Inheritance was commissioned by Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) and produced by award-winning filmmaker Amin Palangi. Sadia’s comedy play The Deported was selected for performance by Kali Theatre Company and was performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London in January 2016. ARIFA is Sadia's debut feature film.

Screening: Friday, August 4, 7:45 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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Aynabaji

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE | Bangladesh | 100 min | Bengali

SYNOPSIS: Ayna is an actor and the prison complex is his stage. He slips into the characters of powerful convicts in exchange for money and takes their place in prison. This strange profession is borne out of a society that doesn’t give him a chance to follow his passion of acting, but forces him to act in the real life.

About the director: Amitabh Reza Chowudhury is a prominent advertisement- and film-maker in Bangladesh. He was born and brought up in the urban Dhaka city. He did his SSC and HSC from BAF Shaheen School and College. And then he did his undergrad from Ferguson College, Pune University in Economics.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 9:30PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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A better man

MISSISSAUGA PREMIERE | Canada | 79 min | English

SYNOPSIS: Following a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse, A BETTER MAN infuses new energy and possibility into the movement to end violence against women.

About the director: Attiya Khan is a Toronto-based feminist, intimate partner violence survivor, and long-time advocate and counselor for abused women and children. Attiya conceived the idea for A Better Man in 2012, drawing on her personal and professional experience with intimate partner violence. Attiya has worked in women’s shelters in Canada and the United States, including running the Child and Youth Services Program at Transition House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also worked at YWCA Toronto, supporting the communications and advocacy team, managing a training program on crisis intervention, and administering the December 6th Fund, which offers interest-free loans to women fleeing domestic violence. As a writer, activist, and speaker, she has presented at numerous events and conferences related to domestic violence. Together with her family, she recently co-founded a YWCA Toronto scholarship program for domestic violence survivors.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 5:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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A Billion Colour Story

CANADIAN PREMIERE | India | 90 min | Hindi

Starring: Gaurav UK Sharma, Vasuki Sunkavalli, Dhruva Padmakumar, Rashmi Somvanshi, Swapnil Ralkar, Sumit Suri

SYNOPSIS: A precocious boy at the verge of teen-hood learns the difficult lessons about the struggles of "secular" India.  

About the director: Paddy quit a career in the uppermost echelons of Indian Advertising, as National Creative Director of Rediffusion Y&R in 2012, to pursue an adventure in Fiction and Film, promising himself that the next phase of his creative journey would be more meaningful. Padma is a poet, writer and photographer, and his stories aspire to build bridges across differences, small and big. 

Screening: Friday, August 4, 6:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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a death in the gunj

India | 104 min | Hindi/English

SYNOPSIS: A perfect 1970s holiday turns into a psychological and twisted adventure in Konkana Sen's A DEATH IN THE GUNJ. The shy student Shyamal Chatterjee uses a family road trip to McCluskiegunj, an old Anglo-Indian town, as an escape from his troubled life. Family life unravels as the holiday comes to an end. 

About the director: Konkona Sensharma is an award-winning actor from India. A Death in the Gunj is her first feature film as writer and director. She is the daughter of Aparna Sen, an award winning filmmaker herself, and granddaughter of Chidananda Dasgupta, a film historian and critic and one of the co-founders of the Calcutta Film Society along with Satyajit Ray. Beginning her acting career at the age of 4, Konkona has acted in over 40 films in Hindi, Bengali and English. She has been felicitated with two National Awards and several industry awards. 

Screening: Friday, August 4, 9:45 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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Fire

TELEFILM CANADA SPOTLIGHT SCREENING

Canada | 108min | English

SYNOPSIS: Two women find friendship and even love with one another as they seek companionship in aiming to escape their loveless marriages in the film that put Deepa Mehta on the International stage.

Starring: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Khulbushan Khalbanda

About the director: Deepa Mehta is one of Canada's most celebrated film directors. Her work represents the marginalized and often sidelined elements of society. Her filmography includes the Cannes film festival title SAM AND ME and more recently ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN and HEAVEN ON EARTH.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 1:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

Telefilm Canada presents a special screening of Deepa Mehta's 1996 award-winning and courageous film FIRE. 

THE GOLDEN WING | Sonar baran pakhi      

 India | 86min | Assamese | PG13

SYNOPSIS: Shunning royal comforts and a normal early marriage, Pratima mingled with exponents of Goalparia folk songs to master the art and subsequently make soulful renderings of the same at various platforms to ensure that the folk form flourishes till this day. Blending the love of nature with the love of folk music, this poetic film is visual lyricism. 

About the director: Bobby Sarma Baruah is an award-winning filmmaker from Assam, India.

Screening: Friday, August 4, 6:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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HOTEL SALVATION (Mukti bhawan)

CANADIAN PREMIERE | CENTREPIECE SCREENING | India | 120 min | Hindi

Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani

Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, Anil K Rastogi

SYNOPSIS: Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.

About the director: Shubhashish Bhutiani is a Mumbai-based director. His first feature MUKTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation) opened to great acclaim at the Venice International Film Festival.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 7:00 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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keeping up with the kandasamys

CANADIAN PREMIERE | CENTREPIECE SCREENING | South Africa | 100 min | English

SYNOPSIS: In a suburb of Durban in South Africa, two families go head-to-head in a comedic modern love story gone awry.

About the director: Jayan Moodley always assuming her analytic skills would be best suited to the sciences, and she enjoyed a few years in the exciting world of coding in object oriented programming. However, soon she realized that her passion lay in the creative arts and she embarked on this new journey in 2005. She
has been a part of numerous programmes for SABC and many documentaries such as “The Shembes Walk to God’, “Buddhism –Finding the peace within’ and “Ela Gandhi-the hands that serve”. Recently chosen for the Female Filmmakers Project celebrating twenty years of democracy in South Africa, it seems that Jayan Moodley has finally settled into a profession, a thrilling one at that, filmmaking.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 7:30PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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The lost idea (Khyaanika)

ONTARIO PREMIERE | India | 90 min | Odia

SYNOPSIS: The film is a fantasy driven tale of two men, a poet and a painter, claiming possession over the same Idea, in a rural village portrayed as a wonderland. Idea is personified as a beautiful young lady, free of all bondage. The two men try to justify their claim over their Idea through their forms of art.

About the director:  Amartya Bhattacharyya is a poet, writer, cinematographer, editor, painter, actor, lyricist, recitation artist and a photographer. He combines all his various talents in his passionate and cinematic film works.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 3:00 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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moko jumbie (opening film)

CANADIAN PREMIERE | Trinidad & USA | 90 min | English

Please see OPENING GALA information.

Screening: Thursday, August 3, 7:00 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

newton      

CENTREPIECE SCREENING | India | 120 min | Hindi

Co-presented with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival

Director: Amit Masurkar

Starring: Rajkumar Rao

As India, the world’s largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion- Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.

About the director: After studying engineering and history, Mumbai-based Amit V Masurkar wrote extensively for sketch and stand up comedy shows. His directorial debut, Sulemani Keeda (2014) was an indie sleeper hit. Newton is his Berlinale award-winning second feature film.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 9:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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signature move

MISSISSAUGA PREMIERE | USA | 81min | English

Co-presented with InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Starring: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Charin Alvarez, Audrey Francis

SYNOPSIS: Zaynab, a Pakistani, Muslim lesbian falls for Alma, a bold and bright Mexican woman, as the two search for meaning in Chicago. This courageous and award-winning LGBT feature and official SWSX selection combines life, love, and ladies wrestling.

About the director: Jennifer Reeder is a multiple-award winning director from Chicago. Her short films have screened to great acclaim in Canada and world over. Signature Move is her debut feature. 

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Screening: Friday, August 4, 9:45PM, Cineplex Mississauga

TRAPPED          

CENTREPIECE SCREENING

CANADIAN PREMIERE | India | 90 min | Hindi

Starring: Rajkumar Rao

SYNOPSIS: Rajkumar Rao plays a desperate man stuck in an empty high rise apartment in Mumbai without food, water or electricity.

About the director: Vikramaditya Motwane is one of India’s most decorated debut director. His first film, Udaan (as Screenwriter & Director) was nominated in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2010. He won the Best Director’s Award for Udaan at the Screen Awards 2011. His second film, Lootera, was one of the most loved films of the year 2011, and won critical acclaim all over the world.

Screening: Friday, August 4, 8:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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With this ring

ONTARIO PREMIERE | Canada | 87 min | English/Hindi

SYNOPSIS: Filmed over the course of six years, With This Ring follows the meteoric rise of three Indian women who sidestep traditional roles to become world champion boxers. Worried that boxing will disfigure their faces and hurt their chances of getting married, their parents are reluctant to embrace their chosen careers. Facing pressure to conform, the women test boundaries as they become the primary wage earners in their families. While the team dominates at world championships, they continue to train in oblivion in India. Boxing becomes their lifeline, their source of income, and their community, and ultimately what rips them apart.

About the directors: Anna Sarkissian is a filmmaker, writer, and anthropologist with interests ranging from media and representation, to gender and identity. She is currently working on her doctoral research at Oxford, examining the barriers that female directors face in Hollywood.

Ameesha Joshi has a BA in Psychology and an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University in Montreal. She is passionate about exploring a more non-conventional, experimental approach to cinema, and is deeply inspired by her Indian cultural heritage.

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 1:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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THE WORKERS CUP    

Mississauga Premiere | United Kingdom | 98 min | English/Nepali/Malyalam/Twi/Ga/Hindi/Arabic

SYNOPSIS: Sundance selection The Workers Cup is an up-close look at some of the millions of African and Asian workers who are building the venues for the Qatar 2022 soccer world cup. With incredible access to the workers and their lives, director Adam Sobel exposes the tensions, trials and tribulations of the poor who come to work at these camps and how soccer is the one thing that bonds them all together. 

About the director: Adam Sobel is a writer and filmmaker who has been living in Qatar for the past 5 years. He has a particular interest in the interplay between sports and society. In 2013, he lived at Mt. Everest base camp for two months directing a documentary series following the first woman from Saudi Arabia to stand on top of the world. The series won a 2014 CINE Golden Eagle. Since 2013, Adam has served an advisor for Northwestern University in Qatar's film grant program. Under Adam's mentorship, his students' films have played at festivals around the world, on Al Jazeera, and have been nominated for the Student Academy Awards.

Screening: Sunday, August 6, 1:30 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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wrong side raju

ONTARIO PREMIERE | India | 134 min | Gujarati 

SYNOPSIS:  Raju's seemingly perfect life turns on its head when he finds himself unwillingly stuck in a hit and run involving the son of an affluent lawyer. The case intensifies as Raju gets embroiled in a web of lies and deceit where nothing seems right or wrong. 

About the director: With more than 30 ad films and three super-hit movies to his credit, Mikhil’s love for making movies has only strengthened. With no formal education in filmmaking, Mikhil’s experiments coupled with unwavering love for the craft has led him to become one of the most renowned Gujarati Film Directors and Writers. His debut film Wrong Side Raju is a blockbuster and has won 6 awards including Best Film and Best Director at the Gujarat Film Awards 2016. 

Screening: Saturday, August 5, 5:00 PM, Cineplex Mississauga

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You are my sunday (Closing film)

CANADIAN PREMIERE | India | 100 min | Marathi/English 

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Screening: Sunday, August 5, 4:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga