Tehronto Shorts

A Collection of Short Films in Collaboration with York University


120 Min



Various - See Text






All Ages

Suitable for

This program of recent shorts, in collaboration with York University and led by Professor John Greyson , celebrates intriguing new works by emerging Tehronto-based filmmakers, exploring a broad range of themes, forms and voices. From poetic odes (Taravat Khalili) and lyrical docs (Sara Naimpour) to urgent urban dramas (Mahsa Razavi, Pooya Badkoobeh) and inventive hybrid fictions (Farhad Pakdel, Atefeh Khademolreza), these filmmakers explore urgent dilemmas and torn identities, back and forth between Tehran and Toronto.

A Q & A session follows the screenings.


Curated by John Greyson, in collaboration with Khaterei Sheibani, Amir Soltani,Mohammad Rezaei, Amir Hassan Asgari.


Flown Awake (Taravat Khalili, Alternative, 3 minutes, 2018)
A demonstration of feelings.

Roj Means Sun (Mahsa Razavi, Fiction, 18 minutes, 2016)
Rojin, a Kurdish-Canadian girl, battles both her mother and her mother tongue as she grieves the recent death of her father, killed in a battle in the Shingal Mountains, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Kurdish with English Subtitles

Goli: A Tale of Threads (Sara Naimpour, Documentary, 15 minutes, 2018)
A sensory portrait of the traditional handloom textile workshops and weavers of Kashan, Iran.
Persian with English Subtitles

Upstairs Neighbour (Pooya Badkoobeh, Fiction, 14 minutes, 2015)
A dripping faucet, a flooded sink -- where have the neighbours gone?
Persian with English Subtitles

Frames (Farhad Pakdel, Alternative/Science-Fiction, 11 minutes, 2019)
A smart city tracks and analyzes a woman walking through the city. Things she does are interpreted and logged by the city system, but are they drawing an accurate picture of the woman?

Birthday (Atefeh Khademolreza, Alternative/Fiction, 28 min. 2019)
Birthday is a 28-minute experimental narrative film set in Toronto, following one day in the life of three immigrants - an Afghani woman, a Serbian man, and a Syrian boy who lives with his grandmother.
Various languages (Dari, Arabic, English) with English Subtitles



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Saturday, July 27, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


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