Chasing after street- smart kids and wind- swept survivors, these films steer us through global junctions of hardships and dreams, where traffic flows without stop signs and there is barely a road to follow. — SL
Qi Dong Peng | Taiwan 2015 | 3:06 | World Premiere
Sun City is an absurd and poetic tale of dystopian development, where enlightenment is not
a way forward, but rather a blinding cycle.
Qi Dong Peng is a Visual Communication Design major at Chaoyang University of Technology. He is a fan of science fiction and his favourite movie is The Truman Show.
Wallas on Velos
Alton Valadares | Belgium 2014 | 23:00 | Hindi with English subtitles | Canadian Premiere
Sabir sharpens knives (churi walla), Abdul is a milkman (doodh walla), Namdeo is a lunch box deliveryman (dabba walla), and Imran sells cold drinks (cold drink walla). A vivid portrait of Mumbai, India painted through the daily patterns of four men who make their living on bicycles.
Alton Valadares was born in Mumbai. He studied Zoology, worked in Lakshadweep at a scuba diving center, and taught English in China. He currently lives in Antwerp, Belgium; this is his first film.
Mark Wee | Singapore 2014 | 6:18 | Canadian Premiere
Influenced by early 20th century German Expressionist woodcut prints and films by Lotte Reiniger, Mark Wee retells the classic tale of disfigurement and alienation, The Elephant Man, in this short animation.
Mark Wee is an aspiring animator who graduated in 2014 from the Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore.
Lucky Irani Circus
Anam Abbas* | Pakistan 2015 | 17:15 Punjabi/Urdu with English subtitles | Canadian Premiere
This short documentary offers a glimpse of the raw yet whimsical off-stage lives of child stars and struggling families, and the ups and downs of circus life in Pakistan.
Anam Abbas studied Cinema at the
U of T and Sheridan College. Her first feature documentary, Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan will be released in 2016.
Sumit Judge* | Canada 2015 | 9:30 | Punjabi with English subtitles | Toronto Premiere
Vishal, a 22-year old international student, finds himself in a dingy, crowded basement, trying to balance work and school. While working at an Indian restaurant, both the cultural familiarity and hard labour exacerbate the doubts he has of studying in Canada.
Sumit Judge is a first-time filmmaker who incorporates his political science background with film to create works that introduce mainstream audiences to under-represented issues.
Kat Jayme | Canada 2015 | 25:53 English/Tagalog | World Premiere
Filmmaker Kat Jayme travels to her family’s favourite vacation spot in the Philippines, but instead of holidaying, she documents the everyday lives of local children who make sandcastles for money.
Kathleen Jayme is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. She is a Production Coordinator at the NFB’s Pacific & Yukon Studio and a graduate of the Film Production Program at the University of British Columbia.
Leslie Supnet | Canada 2014 | 3:04
The rising sound of drums emphasizes flashes of lights, images of the solar system and a post-apocalyptic imagining of the birth of our Second Sun.
Leslie Supnet is a Montreal-based moving image artist, originally from Winnipeg. Leslie’s work has screened internationally including at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Images Festival.
Jane Dyson and Ross Harrison | United Kingdom 2014 | 15:59 | Hindi with English subtitles | Toronto Premiere
Life under the towering peaks of Nanda Devi is one of hard agricultural labour. In a village 2500 metres high in the Indian Himalayas, many of the younger generation seek to chart a new course. This is one man’s story of juggling responsibilities and fighting for dreams, both for himself and for his community.
Ross Harrison is an independent filmmaker who is passionate about using documentaries for social justice, climate change (Beyond the Brink, 2010), and the rainforest of Borneo (Sunset over Selungo, 2014).
Jane Dyson is an anthropologist at the University of Oxford who has worked for over a decade in the village featured in Lifelines. She has also written an academic book based on her work in the village.