Shorts Program: In the City + Q&A

Shorts Program: In the City + Q&A

What does living and growing in a city like Toronto mean to you? Urban centres are not only home to talented emerging filmmakers but are chock-full of people with various lived experiences and multi-faceted identities. This program pays homage to the spaces, people, and movements that shape city dwellers through times of trial, injustice, and rapid change.

Q&A moderated by Aashna Thakkar

By the Train (Dir. Niya Abdullahi)*
With Love From Munera (Dir. Yazmeen Kanji)*
Bloordale Beach (Dir. Beth Warrian)*
We, the People (Dir. Nelie Diverlus)*
Activate NDN Consciousness (Dir. Natalie King)
Where I Am (Dir. Christine Wu)*

*Directors in attendance for Q&A

Films in this program are co-presented by: Muslim International Film Festival, Tessellate Institute, Inside Out, Pleasure Dome, Toronto Youth Shorts, Black Creek Community Farm, Reelworld Film Festival, V-Tape, Reel Asian, JAYU

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Shorts Program: In the City + Q&A

10 Videos

  • 10th Annual Breakthroughs Film Festival 2021

    Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only film festival in Canada devoted to showcasing short films by emerging women and non-binary directors.

    Learn about Breakthroughs Film Festival by logging onto www.breakthroughsfilmfestival.com/

  • Welcome to BFF 2021

    An intro to the 10th Annual Breakthroughs Film Festival from Executive Director, Mariam Zaidi.

  • By the Train

    Dir. by Niya Abdullahi

    This poetic piece reflecting a Hijabis inner thoughts as she waits for her train, explores the effects that Islamophobia has on the daily life of visibly Muslim living in the Western world.

  • With Love From Munera

    Dir. by Yazmeen Kanji

    A young queer, non-binary Muslim storyteller walks us through the spaces and people that have shaped her healing and growth from some of the most trying moments of her past.

  • Bloordale Beach

    Dir. by Beth Warrian

    An ode to Shari Kasman's Bloordale Beach: a demolition grounds turned absurd community rallying point at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ironic emblem of Toronto's housing and public space crises.

  • We, the People

    Dir. by Nelie Diverlus

    An in-depth analysis of how lack of access to food, financial means, and other resources is affecting lower-income communities in Toronto - COVID-19 being a large factor.

  • Activate NDN Consciousness

    Dir. by Natalie King

    Activate NDN Consciousness combines found footage of harmful portrayals of Indigenous peoples in contrast with images of contemporary Indigenous protest and rebellion, creating a work that captures the truth of a traumatic history as well as the desire and strength of Indige...

  • Where I Am

    Dir. by Christine Wu

    Where I Am considers the filmmaker’s shifting relationship to Hong Kong, as someone who is now observing the city from afar.

  • Q&A - In the City

    Q&A moderated by Aashna Thakkar

    By the Train (Dir. Niya Abdullahi)*
    With Love From Munera (Dir. Yazmeen Kanji)*
    Bloordale Beach (Dir. Beth Warrian)*
    We, the People (Dir. Nelie Diverlus)*
    Activate NDN Consciousness (Dir. Natalie King)
    Where I Am (Dir. Christine Wu)*

    *Directors in attendance ...