Now in its 7th year, Canada’s leading South Asian film festival, the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) is back once again this August 2019 with cutting-edge programming putting a spotlight on Bengali language cinema. Running from August 1st – August 4th, 2019 at the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga (309 Rathburn Rd W), the festival will showcase eight fiction films, three documentaries, and seven shorts from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Italy, the UK and Canada. Women’s and familial struggle stories lead the way with themes of love, comedies on complex relationships, explorations of art and ancestry, and a closer investigative look at domestic/intimate partner violence.

“MISAFF creates community, connects audiences and celebrates the power of cinema to transform us as it continues to evolve here in Canada and around the world. MISAFF fills a cultural void and unites us in the face of growing inequity and dissonance.” Anya Mckenzie, Festival Advisory Board member.

“MISAFF takes the liberty of showcasing courageous and ground-breaking films. We welcome audiences from Mississauga and the GTA, and while it is a South Asian film festival, the stories and movies are for everyone irrespective of ethnicity or background.” said Festival Director Arshad Khan. “We are showcasing films that address the human condition but also relate to our lives in so many epic ways. MISAFF is the only film festival in Mississauga and it has built a reputation to showcase the best cinema South Asian filmmakers have on offer from around the world. We stand apart because as filmmakers ourselves we understand the needs of other film professionals. That is why we include opportunities for emerging filmmakers and talent to network with other industry professionals.”

On Aug. 2, filmmakers Marjara, Akash Sherman, Saqib Malak and Hardik Mehta will speak on producing their first feature film at the MISAFF Chat, an industry event that connects the Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton and Etobicoke film communities. Speakers include Eisha Marjara (Venus) Akash Sherman (Clara), Saqib Malik (Baaji), and Hardik Mehta (Kaamyaab — Round Figure).

Opening night will begin with a red-carpet gala, followed by a screening of the multiple award-winning Italian-Bangladeshi comedy Bangla, making its North American première.

Another notable film is The 410, directed by Toronto-based Renuka Jeyapalan, written by and starring Supinder Wraich, a Brampton local.

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