International Diaspora Film Festival 2013

27 Oct

Press Release
15 October 2013

International Diaspora Film Festival Announces its 2013 Line up.

The 13th annual International Diaspora Film festival with a special focus on films from Latin America and legendary Brazilian Director Glauber Rocha, launches November 1-5 at the Carlton Cinema and Innis Town Hall, with an exciting lineup of international films, discussion panels and, following the Canadian premiere of CICLO by Mexican director Andrea Martínez, a much anticipated musical concert featuring dynamic Canadian singer songwriter Amanda Martínez and her band, singing songs from her highly acclaimed new album MAÑANA .
The International Diaspora Film Festival (IDFF) provides Toronto audiences with an opportunity to experience the cultural mosaic of the present world through the medium of cinema. “Diaspora” refers to the dispersion and migration of a people from their homeland and the communities they form in new lands.
The IDFF explores themes of migration, immigration, and cultural diversity by showcasing works of both established and emerging filmmakers. The festival pays special attention to independent Canadian filmmakers from ethnic minorities.
This year’s highlights include opening night on Friday November 1 at 9 pm at the Innis Town Hall with the Toronto premiere of award winning Una Noche (One Night) by Director Lucy Mulloy (Winner, Best New Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Tribeca FF 2012; 2nd Best Feature Film, Berlin FF). Set in contemporary Havana and brimming with the nervous energy of Havana’s restless youth and evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows several unforgettable characters on one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tensions, that burns to a shocking climax. The film has also received a great deal of attention when the main actors defected to the US after they were invited to attend the Tribeca FF.

Not to be missed is the Canadian premiere of Cuban director Jorge Perugorría’s Amor Cronico which follows the flamboyant Grammy nominated Cuban-born and New York-based singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. The film interweaves footage of live musical performances with a fictional love story narrative. The result is an energetic display of CuCu Diamantes’ glamorous performance style with a fresh Latin soundtrack and a comical twist. Saturday November 2 at 7 pm and Monday November 4 at 9 pm, Carlton Cinema.

The festival also offers a rare opportunity to screen two recently restored films by celebrated Brazilian film director Glauber Rocha, a key figure in the Brazilian Cinema Nuevo movement who influenced filmmakers internationally with his innovative style and his socially and politically conscious films which challenged the status quo. The screening of the highly acclaimed and ground breaking film Antonio Des Mortes on Tuesday November 5, at 7 pm, at the Innis Town Hall will be followed by a panel discussion on the cinema of Glauber Rocha and his contribution to World Cinema, moderated by Ryerson Professor Brian Damude and includes Rocha scholar Dr Hudson Moura and Afonso Jose Sean Cardosa, the Consul for Brazil in Toronto. Entranced Earth (Terra em transe) screens Sunday November 3 at 1 pm, Carleton Cinema.

They Were Promised the Sea is the story of a people whose identity as Arab Jews challenges the very notion of enemy. Directed by Canadian Kathy Wazzana and informed by her own family history, the film investigates the exodus that virtually emptied Morocco of its Jewish population, many believing they were no longer safe in their Arab homeland. Intimate interviews, poetry, recordings of Judeo-Andalusian music performed in Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino, thread the subjects’ storylines and reveal a little-known history of a land and a people that resisted the separation of Arab and Jew. Stunningly shot in former Jewish Berber villages, They Were Promised the Sea is a lyrical meditation on loss and longing, on hope and the possibilities of coexistence. Followed by a Panel Discussion Sunday November 3, 2013, at 3 pm, Innis Town Hall.

Also on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 6:30 pm, Innis Town Hall is the premiere screening of CICLO, directed by Andrea Martínez about her father and her uncle’s life-changing journey by bicycle from Mexico to Toronto. Following the screening Amanda Martínez (Andrea’s cousin) the ever popular Canadian singer and songwriter, and her band will perform songs from her recently released album MAÑANA which celebrates hope, possibility and persistence.

Other films from Canada, Mexico, Morocco, Iran, France, the Netherlands and South Africa, round out an exciting lineup that provide a unique window on the world, telling universal stories through the eyes of extraordinary storytellers.

For more details please call:
416 571 2150



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