The Canadian War Museum is proud to partner with Hot Docs — North America’s largest documentary festival — featuring cutting-edge films from across Canada and around the world. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with a special guest, exploring the film’s themes. Join us for these thought-provoking evenings of documentary film and conversation. This season will feature:
A Kandahar Away
Thursday, February 6, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
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.
Rating: PG (parental guidance suggested)
Aisha Jamal (Director and Writer)
Aisha Jamal is a Toronto-based filmmaker, academic and film programmer. Her short films have played in festivals and venues worldwide. “A Kandahar Away” is her first feature film. She holds a PhD in German cinema from the University of Toronto and currently teaches part-time film theory and criticism at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. She also works as Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and as Head of Programming for Syria Film Fest. Along with filmmaker Maya Bedward she hosts a podcast called “The Gaze,” which discusses issues of gender and race in cinema.
Q&A is in English with simultaneous French interpretation.
Presented by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival