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E8 Spotlight Film – Feature Documentary | Thrown Into Canada

Thrown Into Canada After Idi Amin’s expulsion of South Asians from Uganda in 1972, Canada opened its doors to its first major non-European refugee movement. Their story of struggle and hope became part of Canada’s conversations about refugees and diversity.

Aleem Karmali

Aleem Karmali has been a documentary filmmaker since 2001, working at the intersections of history, diversity, religion, and culture. In particular, his work focuses on addressing misperceptions about Islam and telling stories from Muslim history and civilizations. His work also includes being an educator and public speaker.
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Presenting Sponsors
Aleem Karmali
Salma Lakhani (Lieutenant Governor of Alberta), Dr. Zaheer Lakhani, Mobina Jaffer (Canadian Senator), Michael Molloy, Dr. Shezan Muhammedi, Dr. Karim H. Karim, Dr. Laura Madokoro, Dr. Alyshea Cummins, Clifford J. Pereira, Nizar Fakirani, Odette Pinto, Tasneem Jamal, John Nazareth, Zera Rashid, Rai Saujani, Shanta Saujani, Nandish Yajnik
FeatureD on
Global Peace Film Festival (USA), Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (USA), African Diaspora Cinema Festival (Italy), Waterloo Region Migration Film Festival (Canada)

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9