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Toronto, Sep 19 (Canadian-Media): 2018 Reelworld Film Festival (RFF) would kick off with Toronto premiere Roobha on Oct 9, media reports said.
Reelworld Film Festival. Image credit: Facebook page
Held annually in downtown Toronto, ReelWorld Film Festival is a five-day film festival screening features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other multi-racial communities.
2018 RFF, in its 18th year of empowering and championing emerging Indigenous and racialized storytellers, will run from Oct 9 to Oct 14.
The screening of the films would be done at Glenn Gould Studio, Famous Players Canada Square, and the Toronto Reference Library.
The film Roobha, directed by Lenin M. Sivam, would be showcased in Toronto at Glenn Gould Studio on Oct 9 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
Lenin M. Sivam. Image credit: Facebook page
Principle cast of the film are: Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, Amrit Sandhu, Thenuka Kantharajah and Sornalingam Vyramuthu.
The main character in the film, Roobha, a South Asian trans-woman, is dejected by her community and struggles to make a living as a transwoman in Toronto.
There she comes across a enthusiastic family man, Anthony and a romance follows.
But the romance is short-lived as her family finds about this relationship.
Roobha's unique romantic tale deals with the complexities of personality and gender identity within the South-Asian community.
Reelworld in its 2018 diverse and indigenous films, with its continuous spotlight on Canadian content, showcase impact on societal norms and challenging issues including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), life and gender identity, climate change and the environment, feminist and women’s issues, racism, cultural oppression, mental health, and social injustice.
“The festival grows stronger each year, because we’re programming films that speak to the cultural struggles of our communities," says Founder and Executive Director Tonya Williams. “Since the festival’s inception in 2001, you can see the quality and maturity in our programming improves each year. Our racially diverse filmmakers are not afraid to delve into difficult issues and show us the raw emotions of these complex topics.”
The mission of RFF, a non-profit organization, is to empower and champion the cause of emerging Canadian Indigenous and racialized storytellers and film makers of all levels with Industry Panels, Professional Development opportunities, and Incubator Initiatives.
REF program is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsors TD Bank and Cineplex, support from the Canadian government and our major sponsors and partners, the, CBC, Inspirit Foundation, the CMPA, AFBS, DGC, ACTRA, WGC and others to whom we are deeply grateful.
Sivam, born in Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Canada is internationally acclaimed and recipient of several film awards both in Canada and around the world.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)