Fern Film


Collaborate for Culture        June 3 

Welcome to Collaborate for Culture! Our day is about celebrating different religions, and fighting xenophobia and religious discrimination. We believe in giving a voice to those who have been silenced. We'll be showcasing films, created by independent filmmakers from all around the world, detailing the struggles and hardships people are forced to face and overcome due to people's prejudices.   

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Fern Film Festival Presents: 

From Syria To Hope

9:30 a.m.         36 mins

From Syria To Hope is an official Films With A Cause documentary directed by Yazmeen Kanji. The film was made in collaboration with York Region Muslims to explore the lives of three Syrian families who arrived to Canada under refugee status. Each family lives in the Greater Toronto Area and has a unique story. The individuals featured in the film reflect on their hopes and dreams after having no choice but to leave their homes in war-torn Syria.

Directed by Yazmeen Kanji                                                                Produced by Yazmeen Kanji and York Region Muslim                      Original Score by Cathy Nosaty and Arvin Fekri

Q&A with Yazmeen Kanji following the screening! 

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Paper Boat

11:00 a.m.       8 mins

During a lesson, a young middle school teacher carries out an experiment with a paper boat. 

Director/Writer       Luca Esposito                                                                     Producer                  Mattia Caiazzo, Errico Di Vaio                          Starring                    Carlo Caracciolo and the children of the Massimo                                        Troisi Institute of Naples     

Q&A with Luca and Carlo following the screening.                                     

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Things Arab Men Say

1:15 a.m.                 52 mins

This documentary paints a picture of Arab men that is vastly different from what we’re accustomed to. In this antidote to mainstream-media depictions of Arabs as terrorists and extremists, we get to meet Jay, Ghassan and their friends, who gather at Jamal’s Eden Barber Shop to discuss politics, religion and family over a cut and a shave. Often funny, sometimes sad, this engaging film documents the challenges these men face integrating into Canadian life while preserving their identity and culture.

Writer/Director     Nasreen Baker 

Q&A with Nasreen following the screening. 

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

And Then They Came For Us

1:15 p.m.                      40 mins 

Seventy-nine years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.  Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. The film reinforces the importance of knowing our history so that we do not repeat it.

Director       Abby Ginsberg, Ken Schneider                                                    Featuring    George Takei 

Q&A with Abby Ginsberg following the screening. 

Fern Film Festival Presents: 


2:30 p.m.               8 mins

In their second season on CBC, the TALLBOYZ use sketch comedy to explore everything from roommates who neglect their chores to the challenges of fatherhood. Measuring in at 25’2” collectively, Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair and Franco Nguyen jab at popular culture from a very tall point of view. This season’s sketches range from silly and absurd, to hard hitting examinations of power, privilege, racism, and of course, spicy food. For the festival, there are three sketches selected from seasons 1 and 2 of the series. 

Director                             Bruce McCulloch                                                    Executive Producer         Susan Cavan                                                            Starring                             Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair                                                                 Franco Nguyen