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MUSCLE MEMORY

Cambodia, Canada, French Polynesia, Singapore, USA202275 minutesEnglish and other languages with English subtitlesAnimation, Drama, Family, Women Filmmakers

How do our bodies and environments absorb and hold onto repetitive patterns, habits, and routines? This presentation of shorts exercises the capacity to confront harmful structures, encourage reflexivity, and affirm the embodied knowledge we carry.

TEHURA

Wei Li Profile Image

Canada, French Polynesia202212 minutesEnglish and French with English subtitlesAnimation, Dance, Drama

A Tahitian dancer tries to reclaim her identity by confronting a tourist audience with a dance of her own.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RATING

RATED PG

Content Warning: Sexist situations

Director Bio

Wei Li

Wei Li is an Emmy-winning storyboard and comic artist. His work includes Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego, Cleopatra in Space, and Blue Eye Samurai. Tehura is his debut film.

MAJBOOR-E-MAMOOL

Haaris Qadri Profile Image

Canada20229 minutesEnglish and Urdu with English subtitlesDrama, Family

Sania must take her mother, Noor, for a doctor’s appointment—serving as her parent and translator.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Haaris Qadri

Haaris Qadri is an emerging filmmaker based in Brampton and a graduate from York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production Specialized Honours. Qadri is drawn to diasporic stories, contemplating questions of identity, home, and belonging.

HINDSIGHT

Shubhi Sahni Profile Image

Canada20213 minutesEnglishDocumentary, Experimental, Women Filmmakers

A fleeting and poetic retrospect of a young woman who develops a chronic illness.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Shubhi Sahni

Shubhi Sahni is an Indian Canadian filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Toronto. She makes intimate films in the space between documentary and fiction. Sahni is an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

TIL IT BLOOMS

Wendy Xu Profile Image

Canada, USA202210 minutesEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesDrama, Family, Women Filmmakers

In the face of uncontrollable sorrow, Bo desperately suppresses a “grief flower” sprouting from his face before his big speech at his father’s funeral.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu is a rising Chinese Canadian filmmaker whose narrative recipes never fail to include just a pinch of absurdity and humour.

TO KILL THE BIRDS & THE BEES

Calleen Koh Profile Image

Singapore202210 minutesEnglish and Mandarin with English subtitlesAnimation, Comedy, Women Filmmakers

Following three separate stories, four average Singaporeans encounter a sexual situation in the course of their day.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RATING

RATED PG

Content warning: Self-harm, blood, sexist language and situations, abortion, strobing lights

Director Bio

Calleen Koh

Calleen Koh is BAFTA-nominated animated-film director and artist from Singapore. She loves to make people laugh but also be disturbed by her sexy, manic, animated films.

FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY
CHHNGAI DACH ALAI

Polen Ly Profile Image

Cambodia202224 minutesKhmer and Bunong with English subtitlesDrama

Indigenous Bunong siblings spend one last day in their rural village in northeastern Cambodia, before an impending move to the capital city in search of a more prosperous life.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

RATING

RATED PG

Director Bio

Polen Ly

Polen Ly paused his studies in medicine to pursue filmmaking in 2012. He has directed several shorts and documentaries, exploring environmental and human rights issues, including LGBTQ+ and Indigenous experiences.

11 Nov, 2022 6:45 pm

The screening for Night Shifts 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: MUSCLE MEMORY

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

Angela Sun

Angela Sun is an actor, theatre creator, producer, and writer of East Asian descent. Her multidisciplinary, multilingual artistic practice focuses on cultural dissonance and mental health. She is also known for her advocacy for cultural diversity, size-inclusivity, and access for the invisible disability community. She has worked with many emerging and established artistic organizations throughout her career. She is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator at Theatre Passe Muraille and is working on a one-woman show about trauma, representation, and storytelling entitled The Glass Eye.

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