A smiling person seated at the wheel of a red tractor with yellow writing, while another smiling person stands beside the tractor

A Kandahar Away

Hot Docs Film Festival

In 1991, a refugee arrived in Canada with his wife and five children, having fled his home in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Decades later, upon discovering the dwindling hamlet of Kandahar, Saskatchewan, he felt an immediate connection that needed to be explored. Abdul Bari Jamal’s impulsive purchase of eight empty lots in the middle of the Canadian Prairies became an unexpected inheritance for his grown children. When the extended family of self-declared urbanites make their first trip together to witness their new property, Jamal’s daughter takes the opportunity to document the unusual family vacation, hoping to unpack her father’s relationship to his homeland and Canadian patriotism. What transpires on their journey is so much more than a humorous Green Acres collision of cultures—it’s a heartfelt and moving conversation about two nations connected by conflict and how much of our identity is tied to the land we occupy.

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May 1, 6:30 PM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

May 2, 1:00 PM (open captions)
Isabel Bader Theatre

May 4, 10:15 AM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2