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ENCOUNTERS

Canada, Iran, USA72 minutesEnglish and other languages with English subtitlesAnimation, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

Missed chances, unspoken conversations, fated meetings, connections sparked in the most unexpected places: these shorts delve into the weight of all our relations in their fullness and in their absence.

EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT

Farhad Pakdel Profile Image

Canada202216 minutesEnglish, Arabic and French with English subtitlesDrama, Family

Amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, Leila, who has been keeping a secret from her family, finds herself in a predicament after her father falls ill and she is called back home.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Death

Director Bio

Farhad Pakdel

Farhad Pakdel is a Montreal-based filmmaker whose work explores identity (de)construction, liminality, absence, place, and memory.

LUCKY FISH

Emily Jampel Profile Image

USA20228:00EnglishDrama, LGBTQ+ Filmmakers, Romance, Women Filmmakers

Maggie and Celine meet in the bathroom of a Chinese restaurant while having dinner with their respective families.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Emily Jampel

Based in New York City, Emily Jampel is a filmmaker from Oʻahu who currently works as a development executive at the Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning production company, the Department of Motion Pictures.

BLUE GARDEN

Natalie Murao Profile Image

Canada20229 minutesEnglish, Japanese with English SubtitlesAnimation, Documentary, Women Filmmakers

Filmmaker Natalie Murao asks her mother, “Why have I never liked tomatoes?” It’s a simple question that leads to an unearthing of a Japanese Canadian fisherman’s story during the World War 2 internment.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open English & Japanese subtitles in-person and digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Trauma, racist situation

Director Bio

Natalie Murao

Natalie Murao is a Yonsei filmmaker and educator from unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories, whose work explores themes of generational disconnect, personal memory, and communication. 

COMPANY
کمپانی

Ilnaz Kheyrkhah Profile Image

Iran202110 minutesPersian with English subtitlesComedy, Drama, Women Filmmakers

A young boy feels obliged to write a will for a dying woman who lives alone.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open English subtitles in-person and digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Death and dying

Director Bio

Ilnaz Kheyrkhah

Born in Iran, Ilnaz Kheyrkhah has a law degree from the International University of Ghazvin. Company is her first film.

KNOTS

Stephanie Sy Profile Image

Canada202213 minutesEnglish and Tagalog with English subtitlesDrama, Family, Women Filmmakers

Musician and songwriter Kimmortal stars as Gracie who meets the younger version of herself as the two share a common thread.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Stephanie Sy

Stephanie Sy is a Filipino Chinese Canadian artist born and raised on Treaty 1 Winnipeg. Knots is Sy’s debut work as a writer and director.

DESI STANDARD TIME TRAVEL

Kashif Pasta Profile Image

Canada202220:00English and Urdu with English subtitlesComedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

When Imran suddenly loses his dad, an opportunity to travel back in time for an evening gives him a chance to face him again.

ACCESSIBILITY

This film is presented with open English subtitles in-person and digitally.

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Kashif Pasta

Kashif Pasta is an award-winning director, writer, and producer using film and storytelling to tell character-driven stories centered on South Asian and Muslims with a sense of joy and wonder.

12 Nov, 2022 7:00 pm

The screening for Encounters will be shown at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4.

This shorts programme will also be shown as an online screening from Nov 14 – 20. Purchase the shorts VOD pass to watch this programme online and all other shorts in selection at the festival.

IN-PERSON TICKETS

Rating

Rated PG

Q&A: ENCOUNTERS

Join us for a Q&A immediately after the theatrical presentation with attending guests from this shorts programme, moderated by Kelly Lui.

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