A Kandahar Away


TIFF Lightbox 2 Wed, May 1, 2019 6:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Thu, May 2, 2019 1:00 PM
OC, Live captioned Q&A
TIFF Lightbox 2 Sat, May 4, 2019 10:15 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Canada
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Middle East
Personal Histories
South & Central Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aisha Jamal
Producer(s):Deborah Parks
Executive Producer(s):Shelley Saywell
Editor(s):Geoff Matheson
Writer(s):Aisha Jamal
Cinematography:John Westheuser
Max Armstrong
Composer:Bruce Fowler
Sound:Sanjay Mehta
Jason Milligan


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In 1991, a refugee arrived in Canada with his wife and five children, having fled his home in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Decades later, upon discovering the dwindling hamlet of Kandahar, Saskatchewan, he felt an immediate connection that needed to be explored. Abdul Bari Jamal's impulsive purchase of eight empty lots in the middle of the Canadian Prairies became an unexpected inheritance for his grown children. When the extended family of self-declared urbanites make their first trip together to witness their new property, Jamal's daughter takes the opportunity to document the unusual family vacation, hoping to unpack her father's relationship to his homeland and Canadian patriotism. What transpires on their journey is so much more than a humorous Green Acres collision of cultures—it's a heartfelt and moving conversation about two nations connected by conflict and how much of our identity is tied to the land we occupy. Alexander Rogalski

Co-presented with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

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