12 films supported by DFI to be screened at Toronto Film Festival

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A strong contingent of 12 films supported by the Doha Film Institute will shine the spotlight on film talent from the Arab region and beyond, at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to be held from September 7 to 17, 2017. One of the largest selections of films backed by the Institute, the 12 films to be screened at TIFF include six World Premieres, five North American Premieres and a Toronto premiere.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: “We have one of the most diverse showcase of films supported by the Doha Film Institute at Toronto International Film Festival this year. In addition to presenting compelling voices in filmmaking from the Arab world, the selection also includes new voices in global cinema that we support as part of our focus on nurturing the upcoming generation of talents. The 12 films present fascinating perspectives on life that reflect human hopes, aspirations and challenges. Each film is an inspiring take on the world we live in, and demonstrates how film has the power to drive social change.”


The films supported by the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme that mark their World Premiere at TIFF are:

·       The Journey (Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, Qatar/2017) by Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji, is a provocative political meditation about a would-be suicide bomber and a fast-talking train station attendant she takes hostage. It will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema programme of TIFF .  The Journey was also a 2017 Qumra project.