LIFT co-presents “A Kandahar Away” at Hot Docs

LIFT co-presents A Kandahar Away
at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

A Kandahar Away
Dir. Aisha Jamal

Wednesday May 1 at 6:30pm TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Thursday May 2 at 1:00pm, Isabel Bader Theatre
Saturday May 4 at 10:15am, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

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


Wednesday 1 May 2019 –

Non-members: $17.50
Members: $17.50

Toronto ON Canada