Updated 16 August 2021

6 Arab films to screen at Toronto International Film Festival 

6 Arab films to screen at Toronto International Film Festival 

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to take place from Sept. 9 to 18 with a number of Arab flicks screening at the event. 

  • ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’

    Actors Saleh Bakri and Nadine Labaki star in Lebanese director Mounia Akl’s impassioned debut, an eerie family drama set amid a raging climate crisis in near-future Lebanon.

  • ‘Farha’

    “Farha,” by Jordanian filmmaker Darin J. Sallam, tells the story of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who watched the 1948 war consume her home from a locked cellar.

  • ‘Huda’s Salon’

    Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s political and emotional thriller explores a dangerous clash between two women struggling to cope with life under occupation.

  • ‘Beity’

    In this drama by filmmaker Isabelle Mecattaf, who grew up in Beirut, a look at an anxious day in a wealthy Beirut household becomes a moving rumination on the pain felt by parents of grown children seeking better lives far from home.

  • ‘The Devil’s Drivers’

    “The Devil’s Drivers” follows Palestinian smugglers on high-speed trips to help workers cross the border.

  • ‘Trumpets in the Sky’

    What begins as a typically demanding day for a Syrian girl working in Lebanon’s potato fields becomes one that alters her life’s direction in this drama by director Rakan Mayasi.