SWANA Film Festival is a nomadic project curated by Christina Hajjar. Hosted at a different site each year, SWANA FF screens short films by Southwest Asian and North African filmmakers from the region and its diasporas, and presents workshops by and for SWANA filmmakers. All programming is free.

SWANA FF co-edits qumra journal with Toronto Arab Film Festival and MENA Film Festival. qumra is an online and annual print journal focusing on film and media art.

Image by Cyrah Dardas.

2022

April 8-9 | Screening in Regina, SK
April 8-30 | Stream online for free

Presented by the Regina Public Library Film Theatre.

Program 1: Inconvenient Truths

Tallahassee dir. Darine Hotait
A Handful of Dates dir. Hashim Hassan
In Vitro dir. Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind

Program 2: Experimental Archives

Your Father Was Born 100 years Old, and So Was the Nakba dir. Razan AlSalah
Clench My Fists dir. Sarah Trad
Bitter with a Shy Taste of Sweetness dir. Saif Alsaegh
Sira dir. Rolla Tahir
The Perfect Picture dir. ​​Hala El Kouch

Online workshops (registration required)

Character Development for Screenwriters with Darine Hotait

Voice, Vision, and Modes of Production with Rolla Tahir

See the full program.


Immigrant at Home dir. Sufian Abulohom

2021

February 5 to 18, 2021.

Presented by the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg and online) with the support of the Government of Canada through the Young Canada Works program, Building Careers in Heritage. Image design by Cyrah Dardas.

Program 1: Our Longing Extends

Immigrant at Home dir. Sufian Abulohom
Measures of Distance dir. Mona Hatoum
1991 dir. Saif Alsaegh
Only My Voice dir. Myriam Rey

Program 2: We Didn’t Sleep

Rosa dir. Suha Araj
The Wall dir. Odette Makhlouf
Though I am Silent, I Shake dir. Sophie Sabet
Nora’s Cloth dir. Issraa Elkogali Häggström

Online workshops

Unraveling and Composing the Personal in Video with Sophie Sabet

Reading Coffee, Writing the Future with Levon Kafafian

See the full program.

Watch Safia Elhillo and Hala Alyan’s poetry readings.

Read Tara Hakim’s review on Public Parking: “SWANA Film Festival: contending with complexities of matrilineal relationships from the SWANA diaspora.”