Festivals All Over Plus A New Doc

The Vancouver Asahi, “about a pre-Second World War baseball team comprised of second generation Japanese Canadians” is just one of the films set to screen at the fourth annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) in North York, reports Dominik Kurek of The North York Mirror. The festival takes place June 11th through 26th at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC).

The second annual Oakville Festival of Film and Art (OFFA) will highlight Canadian creators but also features work from all over the world, Broadcaster Magazine announces. It opens with a gala screening of the British comedy What We Did on Our Holiday on June 26th at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism, described as “an offbeat documentary” will be one of the attractions at this year’s Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF), John Law of Postmedia writes in The Edmonton Sun. The film reveals the effect of smuggled videos featuring the martial arts expert when they reached Communist-era Romanians. For more on NIFF, see our own coverage.

Israelis in Canada are the subject of the new documentary There’s A Place (Yesh Makom), by Avi Lev, The Canadian Jewish News’ Paul Lungen writes. Not surprisingly, there are many Israelis in Toronto’s Mifgash Theatre, an amateur theatre group that performs in Hebrew. Lev follows them through rehearsals for a musical, learning why they stay here — or why they go back.

Indian director Kaushik Ganguly tells Eric Vollmers why he ditched the workshops and rehearsals for his latest film and started just taking the cast to lunch. The film, Chotoder Chobi, screens at the Hidden Gems Film Festival on Sunday The Calgary Herald has the details.

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