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Not the Only Film Fest in September: 8th Toronto Palestine Film Festival

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The 8th annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival brings the best Palestinian films, music, art and food to Toronto. The festival kicks off on September 24th, 2015 with the Canadian premiere of “Eyes of a Thief” by Najwa Najjar, a film inspired by true events of a man who returns home  after a decade of imprisonment to find his daughter.

Refugee Films

The closing day programming is dedicated to refugees and conflicts. The day starts “Born in Gaza” by Hernan Zin, a documentary about children rebuilding their lives after last summer’s attack on Gaza. It is then followed by two films about Syrian refugees – “Letters from Al Yarmouk” by Rashid Masharawi and “On the Bride’s Side” by Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande.

47Soul Concert

After the opening night film (Sept 24), TPFF is hosting a concert with 47Soul at Lula Lounge (doors 9pm, tickets $25 in advance).  Formed in 2013, 47Soul’s new wave of electro-debke Arabic street music has garnered them a large following in the underground music scenes of Europe and the Middle East, and landed them on the stages of prominent UK music festivals including Womad, Glastonbury and Bestival. Presented in collaboration with Small World Music Festival.

Food and Art

TPFF brings back the always popular Sahtain! Palestinian Brunch featuring a qanun performance by Dr. George Sawa.  The event is hosted and catered by District Oven. Tickets $25.

This year’s art show TPFF Art Show will feature the specially curated works of performance artist Basil AlZeri. This free exhibition will take place at Jackman Hall (AGO) before and after the 2PM and 4PM screenings on Saturday and Sunday (Sept 26- 27). Curated by Ibrahim Abusitta.

Excited to see you all at #TPFF2015!

The 8th annual TPFF takes place Sept 24-27, 2015. See tpff.ca for details.

Details at a glimpse:

What: 8th Toronto Palestine Film Festival
When: September 24-27, 2015
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, AGO Jackman Hall, Lula Lounge, District Oven
Tickets and Program: www.tpff.ca/program and TIFF Bell Lightbox box office
Price: $8 students/seniors; $12 regular
Festival Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ZYkkkeT3Y
Twitter: @TPFF   #TPFF2015
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPalestineFilmFestival

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