Toronto Arab Film Presenting Inaugural Screening & Networking Event

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Toronto Arab Film will be screening the critically acclaimed Egyptian hit film, HEPTA: The Last Lecture, followed by a networking night with local film lovers and film professionals on Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm at Innis Town Hall.

The Toronto Arab Film is a non-for-profit collective dedicated to bringing films from, and about the Arab world, to Toronto audiences. TAF was founded because of a need to fill a void that exists in film programming in Toronto, specifically a lack of films from the Arab regions and a desire to reinstate a tradition of going out to watch films that has been lost.

As film professionals and film lovers, TAF co-founders feel it is their responsibility to help fill this gap.

“It’s been our dream to start an Arab film festival here in Toronto in hopes of recapturing the magic of film outings with friends and family at the end of a hectic school or work week that many of us were accustomed to back home. While there is no shortage of great film festivals in Toronto, we are aware of a gap when it comes to Arabic film programming and we are very proud to be able to bring you the first of many Arabic films to come in the city.”

Through their first initiative, Layali El Cinema, TAF will programme year-round film screenings in Toronto. As a collective, TAF also recognizes the need to encourage the interconnectedness between Arab filmmakers in Toronto and foster emerging filmmakers, which they endeavour to do through the Shabaka initiative. Through Shabaka, TAF hope to support emerging talents through hosting networking events and running filmmaking workshops throughout the year.

HEPTA”, an Egyptian film that captured audiences worldwide, explores the complexities of love through the lens of renowned social psychologist, Dr. Shukri Mokhtar.

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