Admission: FREE – open to the public
3:00PM – 4:30PM
Canadian films shot in Asia walk a fine line between culture, commerce, and audience expectations. How do filmmakers successfully bridge that gap? We explore what it means to be a filmmaker caught between two worlds, and whether it is possible to go home again.
Moderator: Igor Drljača, Filmmaker
Albert Shin, Filmmaker, IN HER PLACE
Yosef Baraki, Filmmaker, MINA WALKING
Nisha Pahuja, Filmmaker, THE WORLD BEFORE HER
Community Partner: Raindance Toronto
Albert Shin graduated from York University with a B.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2006 and directed his debut feature, POINT TRAVERSE in 2009. In 2014, Albert’s second feature, IN HER PLACE premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at film festivals worldwide. IN HER PLACE went on to receive 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. Albert was the 2015 recipient of the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artist by the Toronto Film Critics Association. In addition to his directorial efforts, Albert was also a producer on Igor Drljaca’s KRIVINA  and THE WAITING ROOM , both of which had worldwide festival acclaim. Together with Igor, they founded the Toronto-based production company TimeLapse Pictures.
Yosef Baraki is an Afghan filmmaker who immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 9 years old. Yosef’s appreciation of filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami and the Dardenne brothers inspired him to explore details of everyday life through realistic portraits of culture and society.
After spending two years studying film and philosophy at York University, Yosef turned to a more hands-on education at Humber College where he wrote and directed his fifth short film Der Kandidat, recipient of the Norman McLaren Award at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and the Best International Short Film Award at the Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival.
Serving as the writer, director, cinematographer and camera operator, Yosef filmed Mina Walking in 19 days with non-professional actors and heavy improvisation in the busiest of Kabul’s environments. The result is a loose narrative about Afghanistan’s youth issues and an intimate portrait of seven days in the life of a young girl and her family.
Mina Walking premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it competed for the Crystal Bear and the Best First Feature Award.
Nisha Pahuja is an Emmy nominated filmmaker. Her credits include Diamond Road (2007 Gemini award Best Documentary Series) Bollywood Bound (Gemini nominee 2001) and multi-award winning The World Before Her.
The recipient of multiple awards and distinctions including Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2012 and Best Canadian Documentary, HotDocs 2012, The World Before Her has screened at over 130 film festivals world-wide. It was a TIFF Canada’s top ten, 2012 and part of Sundance’s Film Forward program in 2014. Released theatrically in India and supported by Anurag Kashyap, one of India’s foremost filmmakers, The World Before Her became the highest grossing documentary to release there and was called the most important Indian film of 2014 by many Indian critics.
Pahuja’s short film for Global’s 16/9 on the Delhi Gang rape was the recipient of an Amnesty International media award for Canadian journalism in 2015. In 2014 she was invited to be a Resident Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre where she began developing her long term project on global fundamentalisms
Igor Drljača (born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) moved to Canada in 1993. He completed his Master’s in Film Production at York University’s graduate program in 2011. He runs the production company TimeLapse pictures with Albert Shin. His award winning shorts include WOMAN IN PURPLE (2010), and THE FUSE: OR HOW I BURNED SIMON BOLIVAR (2011), which have screened at hundreds of festivals. His critically acclaimed feature film KRIVINA (2012) premiered at TIFF in 2014. In 2014 he co-produced Albert Shin’s IN HER PLACE. THE WAITING ROOM (2015) is his sophomore feature and it premiered at Locarno IFF and had its North American premiere at TIFF.