Land and Conflict Program
Land and Conflict Program

Land and Conflict is a joint initiative by three Toronto-based festivals to present a unique program of artistic works in the medium of film, photography, poetry and music focused on people and land in contested terrain.

International Diaspora Film Festival, Voices Forward, and Planet in Focus Film Festival are proud to present Palestinian, Israeli, Bedouin, Burmese and diasporic viewpoints in a rich panoply of artistic expression that begins during the Planet in Focus Festival (October 21-25) and continues through to the International Diaspora Film Festival (November 1-8).

Land and Conflict officially opens on October 24 at Arta Gallery in the Distillery District with a photography exhibit with famed Canadian photographers Babak Salari and Anne Bayin as well as an installation-like screening of Kalandia - A Checkpoint's Story that documents an Israeli military checkpoint on the road between East Jerusalem and Ramallah over six years by filmmaker Neta Efrony.

The series also includes Maybe: A Poetry Soiree curated by Hanadi Loubani, and hosted by Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. Music by George Sawa. Sunday, 1 November, Arta Gallery.

A highly-anticipated concert will bring the legendary David Amram and Friends to Toronto with At Home around the World: A Musical Mosaic Celebrating the Spirit of Diaspora with music from the Middle East including Arab, Jewish, Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani influences. 3 November, Revival Bar.

Land and Conflict screenings include the Canadian premiere of Voices from El Sayed and Jerusalem Moments (Scheduled with Planet in Focus Film Festival) and Avi Mograbi's Z32, Jaffawiye, On Hold, and Keren Yedaya's Jaffa (scheduled with the International Diaspora Film Festival).

The Land and Conflict program is generously sponsored by the Zukerman Family Foundation.

In collaboration with:

Voices Forward
Planet in Focus