Handscape
夏青

China202019 minChinese Sign Language and Shanghainese with English SubtitlesCanadian PremiereClosed Captions, Dance, Drama, Family, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13
CW: Homophobic statements

Beautifully poetic, Handscape tells the story of Xia Qing and his desire to dance despite his mother’s outright disapproval.

Cast

Zhenyu Tang

Recognitions

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Show Low Film Festival 2020
National Film Festival for Talented Youth, 2020

Director Bio

Yiru Chen 陈伊如

Yiru Chen is a film director, artist, and poet. Her goal is to promote education and art of sign languages – an essential key to Deaf culture, along with members of both communities.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm

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Mogul Mowgli

UK202090 minEnglish, Urdu with English SubtitlesToronto PremiereClosed Captions, Drama, Family

On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides to fly home to the U.K. to reconnect with his family, only to find out his first big international break could be jeopardized by an unexpected and quickly debilitating autoimmune disease. As his condition worsens and his medical treatments intensify, Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis. His days are marked by vivid hallucinations and long-buried childhood memories of his parents fleeing India during the Partition, forcing him to face resurfaced trauma.

A film co-written, produced by and starring Emmy Award-winning actor Riz Ahmed, Mogul Mowgli is a disquieting and electrifying exploration of identity, self-expression and intergenerational trauma. Bassam Tariq’s directorial lead and Ahmed’s transfixing performance create a gutsy, beat-packed drama authored by bi-cultural artists powerfully expressing their right to thrive in all spaces, especially those that have been built to reject them.

– Mariam Zaidi

Cast

Riz Ahmed
Alyy Khan
Sudha Bhuchar
Nabhaan Rizwan
Anjana Vasan
Aiysha Hart
Hussain Manawer
Kiran
Sonia Sawar
Jeff Mirza

Recognitions

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Berlin International Film Festival, 2020

Director Bio

Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq is a writer and director currently based between Texas and London. His previous film, Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019) won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for a Short Documentary Oscar.

12 Nov, 2020 10:00 am

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14A
CW: Racial slurs

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