Toronto Palestine Film Festival

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Saturday, July 29, 2023

Fri, July 28, 7 PM - 9 PM
Sat, July 29, 1 PM - 3 PM

Artist Talk
Saturday, July 29 at 3 PM

Doors will be open an hour before the event. 

Join us at Vancouver’s VIVO Media Arts Centre on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 for screenings of original film works produced by Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Additionally, an artist talk by featured Palestinian filmmaker Razan Al-Salah will be hosted on Saturday, July 29 at 3:00PM. Register for it here.

VIVO Media Arts Centre is excited to co-host this weekend-long presentation of films and artist workshop with the Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF). We will be screening original works by filmmakers Razan Al-Salah, Kareem Al Sawalmeh, Annie Sakkab, Muhammad Nour El-Khairy, Leila Almawy, Kalil Haddad, Rana Nazzal Hamadeh, Serene Husni and Nada El-Omari. These films were developed, filmed, and produced through the TPFF Filmmaking Residency in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

On Saturday, July 29 at 3:00 PM Vancouver time, Razan Al-Salah will present an artist talk. In this artist talk, Razan will speak to the process of making her current work in progress film: how aesthetics emerge from political necessity and formal limitation; this will include speaking to the process of making a very low budget film within the Toronto Palestine Film Festival residency and applying to the CCA to develop and complete it.  

All are welcome, especially emerging filmmakers and video artists looking for an example of how to develop and make creative work.

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

About the 

Based in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal, Razan AlSalah is a Palestinian artist and teacher investigating the material aesthetics of dis/appearance of places and people in the context of colonial image worlds. Her work has shown at community-based and international film festivals & galleries including Art of the Real, Prismatic Ground, RIDM, HotDocs, Yebisu, Melbourne, Glasgow and Beirut International, Sharjah Film Forum and Sursock Museum. AlSalah currently teaches Intermedia and Moving Images at Concordia University in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal.


Muhammad Nour-Elkhairy is a Palestinian filmmaker, video artist and film programmer based in Montreal. He graduated from the MFA studio Arts : Film Production program at Concordia University. His work is interested in power relations and how they are maintained and mediated through moving images.


Rana Nazzal Hamadeh is a Palestinian-Canadian artist. Her photography film, and installation works look at issues related to time, space, memory, and movement, offering interventions rooted in a decolonial framework. Rana holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University and is based between Ramallah and Tkaronto.


Serene Husni is a writer, translator & filmmaker. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University with distinction. Through “The Shoes Project Shorts” and together with Gerda Cammaer, Associate Professor in Film at Ryerson University, Serene is currently co-mentoring six refugee and immigrant women in making personal films centering shoes in their stories of migration to Canada.


Nada El-Omari is a filmmaker and writer of Palestinian and Egyptian origin based in Montréal, Québec. She has centered her practice and research interests on the intergenerational transmissions of memories, displacement and the stories of belonging and identity through a poetic, hybrid lens. Focusing on process and fragments in text, sound and image, Nada explores different ways to self-narrate new ways to speak hybridity and self. Her films have recently been shown at the NYU’s Orphan Films Symposium, Belfast Film Festival, Palestine Cinema Days, Visions Cairo, Toronto Palestine Film Festival and on Shasha. Her work has also been published in Montréal Sérai and qumra journal. She is currently displaying a digital project commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario (on view at: in collaboration with Sonya Mwambu. El-Omari holds a BFA in Film Production and MFA in Film from York University.


Kalil Haddad is an experimental filmmaker based in Toronto, Ontario. Often working in hybrid forms, he has written and directed several short works including As I Sat in His Car… (2018), Farm Boy (2019), Tiger Eats a Baby (2020), and The Taking of Jordan (2022). As an editor, he has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers Kazik Radwanski (Anne at 13,000 Ft., TIFF ‘19), Sophy Romvari (Still Processing, TIFF ‘20), and John Greyson (International Dawn Chorus Day, Berlinale ‘21 — TEDDY Award, Best Short Film). He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University.


Leila Almawy is an Arab-Canadian filmmaker and activist whose work centres marginalized voices and underrepresented communities. Identity, im/mobility, and displacement are themes that she explores in several of her works.

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