RPL Film Theatre Presents 2022 SWANA Film Festival

Still image from A Handful of Dates dir. Hashim Hassan, 2020, Sudan, 12 mins

2022 SWANA Film Festival

RPL Film Theatre, Regina Public Library
Watch two free programs of short films by SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) filmmakers
Curated by Christina Hajjar

The 2022 SWANA Film Festival presents moving image works that engage difficult histories through fiction, documentary, and experimental recontextualization. The films come from the SWANA region and its diasporas, invocating intergenerational memory to understand what was and what remains: the land, birthday parties, coffee grinds, talking face to (inter)face.

April 8-9 | Screening at RPL Film Theatre
April 8-30 | Online on VUCAVU

Program 1 – Inconvenient Truths – Friday April 8, 7:00 PM
Screening and Q&A with Christina Hajjar and Zarqa Nawaz – These coming-of-age short films depict tensions within families. The characters wrestle with melancholic affects as they deal with the confrontations and aftermaths of inconvenient truths.

Tallahassee, dir. Darine Hotait, 2021, USA, 20 mins
A Handful of Dates dir. Hashim Hassan, 2020, Sudan, 12 mins
In Vitro by Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, 2019, Palestine, 28 mins

Program 2 – Experimental Archives – Saturday April 9, 3:00 PM
Screening and Q&A with Christina Hajjar and Zarqa Nawaz
Through methods of disorientation and collage, memory is stretched and negotiated across generations.

Sira dir. Rolla Tahir, 2018, Canada/Egypt, 6 mins
Clench My Fists dir. Sarah Trad, 2020, USA, 6 mins
Bitter with a Shy Taste of Sweetness dir. Saif Alsaegh, 2019, USA, 9 mins
Your Father Was Born 100 years Old, and So Was the Nakba dir. Razan AlSalah, 2017, Palestine / Canada, 7 mins
The Perfect Picture dir. Hala El Kouch, 2020, Lebanon, 31 mins

Still image from Bitter with a Shy Taste of Sweetness, dir. Saif Alsaegh, 2019, USA, 9 mins


Free online workshops for SWANA only (registration required).

Character Development for Screenwriters
Workshop with Darine Hotait
Saturday, April 16, 1-4pm CT
Max 6 participants
Join the Waitlist

This workshop focuses on identifying the fundamental dramatic elements of a screenplay and the tools to develop character-driven plots. Through detailed exercises, participants will explore the external and internal journey of the protagonist, their emotional arc, wants, needs, and obstacles that challenge their moral compass. This workshop is open to filmmakers with a narrative short or feature film project in development. Participants should be prepared to pitch their story.

Voice, Vision, and Modes of Production
Workshop with Rolla Tahir
Saturday, April 23, 1-4pm CT
Max 15 participants
Register to attend

This workshop will help you tap into your unique creative voice and harvest your vision as a filmmaker and storyteller. We will discuss process-oriented filmmaking, with particular attention to the ideation and development stage, as well as various modes of accessible production.

About RPL Film Theatre at Regina Public Library

Regina Public Library
2311 12 Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan

We acknowledge the support of the SK Arts, and funding partners SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, whose contributions help the arts thrive in this province.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
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