The Toronto International Film Festival announced the film selection for its 2017 edition running from 7th to 17th September 2017, including 14 Arab Films from which two are supported by AFAC. The two AFAC supported films are “A Drowning Man” by Mahdi Fleifel and “The Journey” by Mohamed Al-Daradji.
“A Drowning Man” will be screening in the “Short Cuts” section of the festival with 51 short film from around the world. The film follows Fatah while he is making his way through the streets of modern day Athens trying to find enough money to get by. On his travels he encounters the wisdom and desperation that permeates this place and defines his existence.
Al-Daradji’s film “The Journey” will be screened as part of the “Contemporary World Cinema” section. “The Journey” tells the story of Sara, a mysterious young woman who runs into Baghdad’s central station, driven by an unknown intention and harboring a sinister secret. As she is about to commit an unthinkable act, time stands still and Sara is given the opportunity to learn the consequences of her destructive actions.
Twelve other Arab films will be screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, including: “Bonboné” by Rakan Mayasi, “Fifteen” by Sameh Alaa, “Of Sheep and Men” by Karim Sayad, “Razzia” by Nabil Ayouch, “Rupture” by Yassmina Karajah, “Sheikh Jackson” by Amr Salama, “The Insult” by Ziad Doueiri, “The President's Visit” by Cyril Aris, “Turtles Are Always Home” by Rawane Nassif,“Wajib” by Annemarie Jacir, Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour. Le Fort des Fous by Narimane Mari and The Mountain Between Us by Hany Abu-Assad