Toronto Middle Eastern and North African Film Festival


Toronto Middle Eastern and North African Film Festival

Date: Fri, Oct. 11, 2019, 5–9 pm & Sat, Oct. 12, 2019, 2–7:30 pm
Price: Day pass: $50, $45 Friends, $37.50 students and seniors
Package Discount: Buy a two-day pass for $85

Buy Two-Day Pass

Experience riveting cinema at the Museum when our auditorium becomes the venue for the Middle Eastern and North African Film Festival, showcasing an array of eye-opening short films and documentaries.


Enjoy the red carpet and don’t miss your chance to meet the directors. The festival also includes talks, social gatherings, and a workshop.



Friday, Oct 11, 2019


5 pm – Gathering
6 pm – Opening "Talks and Recognition"
6:40 pm – Screenings Begin


SING FOR ME: Sama Waham, Iraq, 2015, 40 minutes 
A poetic documentary that contemplates belonging, heritage, and fractured diasporic identities.
Meet the Director – 15 minutes


THE TRUTH: Marcelle Aleid, Syria, 2017, 11 minutes
Secrets plague the lives of three Arab women from different backgrounds in this drama.
Meet the Director – 15 minutes


FOOLISH DECISION: Saaib Ghazi, Iraq, 2018, 25 minutes
A docu-drama exploring the decisions that have led to wars.
Meet the Director – 15 minutes


Closing – 10 minutes

Saturday, October 12, 2019


2 pm – Panel Discussion on Film and Culture, 90 minutes
4 pm – Gathering
4:30 pm – Screenings Begin


AYA: Moufida Fedhila, Tunis, 2017, 24 minutes
A film following a clever little girl and her parents as a turn in events disrupts their lives.


TOPRAK: Onur Yagiz, Turkey/France, 2017, 11 minutes
Eight-year-old Toprak translates for his parents at the hospital during his mother’s ultrasound as they find out if the twin babies are brothers or sisters.


FOG: Ali Shoorvarzi and Hosein Mahroughi, Iran, 2018, 23 minutes
A woman who washes dead bodies for a living refuses to prepare children’s bodies after the death of her own child.


SUBMARINE: Mounia Akl, Lebanon, 2016, 21 minutes
Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s garbage crisis, one woman refuses to leave, clinging to what remains of home.


WAHDON: Fajr Yaacoub, Palestine, 2012, 15 minutes
A docu-drama about three Lebanese filmmakers during civil war.


SAFWAN MARKET: Hadi Mahood, Iraq, 2018, 25 minutes
The winner of the 2018 BBC Arabic Festival Short Documentary Award examines the fallout of a decision to demolish the city of Samawa’s largest marketplace.


TA'A MARBOUTAH: Ehab AlKhatib, Jordan, 40 minutes
“The Feminine E” is a human rights documentary exploring complications around Jordanian women’s right to give their children Jordanian nationality.


Emel Mathlouthi: Album Release Concert

Sep 30, 2019, 8:30 pm

The Maghreb Project

Nov 2, 2019, 8 pm

Festival of Arabic Music and Arts: Maghrebian Night

Nov 8, 2019, 7:30 pm

Festival of Arabic Music and Arts: Greek Arabia Concert

Nov 7, 2019, 7:30 pm

In partnership with

Toronto Middle Eastern North African Film Festival


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