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May 1 - May 4

A Kandahar Away

Hosted by Hot Docs Film Festival

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

May 1 at 6:30 PM
May 2 at 1:00 PM
May 4 at 10:15 AM

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.

More information and tickets

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

Closed captions on May 1 and May 4. Open captions on May 2. More accessibility information is available on the Hot Docs website.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom on site. Hearing assist devices for all screenings & assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning and described sound, subject to availability. Elevator/escalator access to all levels. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible parking lot within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. Licensed lounge offering beer & wine that can be taken into cinemas. Water fountain on site.

Isabel Bader Theatre
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom. Assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning, subject to availability. Low height ticket counter. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible public transport within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. No food or drink inside theatre; bottled water only.