MISAFF17 – Mosaic International Film Festival August 3-6
By Guest Blogger: Anya MacKenzie, Festival Co-Director
This year is a very special year for MISAFF, as we are very excited to roll out our new partnership with Telefilm putting South Asian female filmmakers and South Asian female-led films front and centre of our programming. Over the years, we’ve worked tirelessly to create a space for compelling film programming representative of South Asian women on screen that tell their own stories. With the help of Telefilm we are able to bring you a very special retrospective screening of Deepa Mehta’s 1996 groundbreaking film, FIRE.
Highly controversial at the time of its release, FIRE depicted two Indian women trapped in loveless marriages, who seek solace in each other and eventually fall in love. It was the first time an LGBT relationship between two South Asian women of colour was represented in contemporary cinema. Original, powerful and authentic – this genre of filmmaking is so important to share with new generations of Canadian audiences and expands our cultural heritage.
Deepa Mehta will be joining us for the National Bank MISAFF17 Chat for a special one-on-one with media personality, Mohit Rajhans on Sunday, August 6th. We are thrilled to hear from Deepa on her experience not only as a Canadian-South Asian female filmmaker, but as an internationally recognized female filmmaker in the industry who has successfully smashed through barriers and glass ceilings and is still fighting. We are very grateful to Telefilm for working with us to showcase Canadian talent and make this highly engaging programming possible for MISAFF and its audiences.
In addition, we are bringing the powerful and inspiring story of India’s National Women’s Boxing team to the big screen in, WITH THIS RING. Canadian filmmakers, Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian followed the team for six years across four countries, capturing them at their strongest and most vulnerable for this enrapturing documentary.
Lastly, amongst our fresh international content, we are honoured to bring the hard-hitting and raw documentary by Canadian-Indian/English filmmaker Attiya Khan, A BETTER MAN, to Mississauga audiences for the first time. Khan’s film made waves during its release at Hot Docs for it’s gripping approach to domestic violence, and we believe it necessary to expand its reach to a diverse audience in the far reaches of the GTA. Khan will be joining MISAFF for the red carpet opening on August 3rd, as well as a Q & A following her screening on Saturday, August 5th at 5PM.
Having spent the last decade working in cultural programming from Hot Docs to Reelworld and from TIFF, to CBC, I’ve had the honour and pleasure of seeing a wealth of rich cinema from filmmakers from Canada and from around the world. Six years ago, Arshad Khan and I began the journey of programming MISAFF inspired by new cinema from the South Asian diaspora that we knew might otherwise go unseen by Canadian audiences, especially those in Mississauga, the heart of the South Asian community.
We looking forward to sharing these great films and others with you.For tickets and screening and programming schedule: