Gala Night: Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 pm at Isabel Bader Theatre.

Suhana Meharchand

We are thrilled and honoured to announce that South-African born CBC news anchor and host of CBC News Suhana Meharchand will be our MC for the evening. 

Here is what you can expect:

  • Inauguration of TSAFF 2016 by ​Honorable Consul General Mr. Nyameko Goso
  • The screening of the critically acclaimed and gripping film SINK 
  • A post-screening Q & A facilitated by Suhana Meharchand with SINK’s director Brett Michael Innes who is flying in from South Africa AND lead actor Anel Alexander who is flying in from L.A. just to be with us!
  • Wine, wine and more South African wine donated by our sponsor Wines of South Africa
  • Scrumptious food donated by our sponsor Nando’s
  • Live Band by Brian Litvin and Jabulani
  • A silent auction including Raptors and Leafs tickets, flights to South Africa (donated by our sponsor South African Airways), a family vacation to South Africa, gift baskets donated by our silent auction partner Loblaw and more
  • Plus…of course you’ll be able to hob nob with all our celebrities…

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Gala Film Presentation

Sink - Thursday, November 17th at 7.00 pm

Sometimes the things we cannot change, change us.

Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter, Maia, tragically dies whilst under the care of her South  African employers, Michelle and Chris Jordaan. Does she quit her job and return to poverty-stricken Mozambique or continue working for the people responsible for the death of her child so that she can keep her home, her visa and continue to support her family in Inhassoro? Things become even more complicated when she finds out that the Jordaans are expecting their first child. 

Rachel decides to stay, but struggles to come to terms with her loss while Michelle grapples with the guilt that she feels. Two women trapped in a house where one is an employer while  the other is a servant. Chris finds himself in the middle of all this, trying to juggle his empathy for both his wife and his domestic worker. Trapped by circumstance, Sink explores how three people from vastly different backgrounds come to terms with loss and find a way to see each other through their pain.

Director:                                    Brett Michael Innes
Genre:                                       Narrative (Drama)
Year:                                          2016
Length:                                     1 h 48 mins
Rating:                                      14A
Best of Show at the Accolade Global Film Competition 2016
Jury Life Award at the Mexico International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection Atlanta Film Festival 2016
Official Selection: Discovery Section of the Stockholm International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection International Film Festival of Kerala 2016

Saturday November 19th, 2016 at Isabel Bader Theatre.

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When Voices Meet - Official Sponsor


Saturday, November 19th at 10.30 am

This film will be followed by a Q and A with the film's star Sharon Katz and the film's Executive Producer Marilyn Cohen. Plus a choir from Toronto's Nelson Mandela School will perform with Sharon Katz on stage.

One Divided Country. One United Choir. One Courageous Journey.

When Voice Meet tells the true story of a racially-diverse youth choir who embarked on an epic and dangerous journey across South Africa during the civil war of the early 90s in an attempt to bring unity and a sense of community to the country during a time of separation and division. Threatened with bombs and thwarted at every turn, they prevailed, and railroaded across the country aboard the “Peace Train”.

Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of a divided nation in the midst of the most turbulent times the country had ever experienced, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Nelson Mandela's face of the new nation.

When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those musician activists and young choir members. They performed together for seven years; never lost touch with one another, and then reunited 20 years later to tell their stories.

This is an inspiring tale of solidarity and breaking boundaries. Sutton Smith & Ginzberg’s film captures perfectly the excitement and sense of adventure the choir felt to travel the world and transcend racial barriers. This uplifting and moving film carries a universal message of hope, harmony and prosperity that will stay with you long after the film ends.

Director:                                    Nancy Sutton Smith, Abby Ginzberg
Genre:                                       Family Documentary
Year:                                          2015
Length:                                     1 h 26 mins
Rating:                                      G (General Audience)
Winner, Best Documentary, Jersey City International Film Festival, 2015
Winner,Audience Choice Award, Philadelphia Film Festival, 2015
Winner, President's Choice Award, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival,2015
Winner,Best Inspirational Film, Hawaii Waimea Ocean Film Festival, 22015
Winner, Best Director, Documentary and Original Soundtrack, World Music and Independent Film Festival, 2016

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Saturday, November 19th at 12.50 pm

The deeper the dig, the darker the secrets.

This documentary chronicles the extensive journey that Karoo-born director, Jolynn Minnaar, took to uncover the truth about what's going on in the Karoo. More than 18 months of research; over 400 interviews; traveling across South Africa, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom; battling gag orders and no trespassing zones; losing cameras to extreme heat and sub-zero temperatures and suffering first hand chemical exposure from drilling sites - to get to the bottom of the controversial topic.

When Jolynn Minnaar first heard about the fracking in the Karoo, her home district, she was optimistic. Companies seeking to drill in this semi-arid area of South Africa promised that the new process of gas extraction was a safe, time-tested one; a practice that would bring widespread prosperity for the poor, rural Karoo communities. But after stumbling across a rumoured case of water contamination in Pennsylvania, Jolynn is drawn into an investigation which takes her across the United States, the home of the fracking technology, in search of answers. Her discoveries leave her horrified.

As the South African government lifts the moratorium on fracking, the race against time begins to share her findings with the residents of the Karoo - before it's too late.

Director:                                    Jolynn Minnaar
Genre:                                        Investigative Documentary
Year:                                          2014
Length:                                      1 h 30 mins
Rating:                                       G
Winner Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 – Green Award
Encounters International Film Festival 2014 – Best South African Film Audience Award
Tri Continental Film Festival 2014 - Best Film Audience Award
Durban International Film Festival 2014 - Official Selection
CPH:DOX 2014 - Official Selection
IDFA 2014 - Official Selection
BIFF Bergen International Film Festival
Nominated Best Female Directed Documentary  - Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2014

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Free State - Official Sponsor


Saturday, November 19th at 2.45 pm

Forbidden love and loss at the height of Apartheid.

Free-minded law student Jeannette’s comfortable world is turned upside-down by a random act of kindness from an attractive Indian man. An unexpected and passionate love affair ensues when, despite being warned not to act on her feelings, Jeannette decides to pursue them. But this love is verboten: inter-racial relationships are not only banned by law, they are a cultural stigma. So when their relationship is exposed, it leads to a very tragic turn of events.

Based on a true story, and set in 1979 against the backdrop of the racial tensions in South Africa, Free State offers a different perspective, that of the marginalized Indian community, of the racial discrimination faced by people of colour during Apartheid.

The film also explores the impact of this forbidden love on three worlds-apart families and highlights the predicament of the parent-child relationship when they are confronted by the ripple effect of Ravi and Jeannette’s love for each other.

Haunting, more because of what it doesn’t say than what it does, Free State is a beautifully- filmed romantic period drama that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.

Director:                                    Sallas de Jager
Genre:                                       Narrative (Romance / Drama)
Year:                                          2016
Length:                                     1 h 38 mins
Rating:                                      G

Winner, Garden State Film Festival 2016
M. Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography

Winner, Luxor African Film Festival 2016
Grand Nile Prize

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Saturday, November 19th at 4.45 pm

This screening will be followed by a Q and A with doctors sharing their experiences working in South African hospitals

Five Doctors. Five Cultures. 30 Hour Call.

Doc-U-Mentally is a fly-on-the-wall look into the lives of five different doctors working on call at Ngwelezane Hospital in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

The documentary explores the nature of the life-saving work these different medical professionals perform, ranging from paediatrics to emergency services. Doc-U-Mentally shines a light on the mental toll the 30-hour shifts take on these doctors, showcasing the intensity of their jobs and the emotional strength needed to endure shortages in staffing and resources.

This film offers a harsh but realistic view at the lengthy shifts these dedicated doctors work in South Africa, and the extensive number of under-privileged patients in need of care. Doc-U-Mentally is not only an analysis of the doctors’ coping strategies, but it’s also a commentary on the demand for healthcare professionals, centres and services across South Africa.
Are they crazy, superheroes or somewhere in between? You decide.

Director:                                    Francois Wahl 
Genre:                                       Medical Documentary
Year:                                          2016
Length:                                     1 h 22 mins
Winner, Best SA Documentary at Jozi Film Festival.

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For Love and Broken Bones - Co-presented by "Toronto Black Film Festival"

Co-presented by Toronto Black Film Festival

Saturday, November 19th at 7.10 pm

A whirlwind of intrigue, romance, and music.

For Love and Broken Bones tells the tale of a lonely, serious and ruthless debt collector who falls in love with a feisty and passionate wedding planner, who just happens to be his latest assignment. Can they both overcome their old fears and let love into their lives? And can he save her and her son in time, before his powerful and dangerous boss comes to get his money back?

Malope’s film showcases powerful performances, excellent cinematography, and stellar music. For Love and Broken Bones is a refreshing and original story, as unique as it’s engaging and understandable. Highly entertaining and emotionally resonant, this film will stay with you.

Director:                                    Tebogo Malope
Genre:                                       Narrative (Romance / Drama)
Year:                                          2015
Length:                                     1 h 38 mins.
Rating:                                      14A
Best Film Award at Portland Film Festival 2015
3 SAFTA nominations: Best Feature Film; Best Achievement by a lead actor (Mduduzi Mabaso); Best Achievement in Cinematography in a Feature Film (Zeno Petersen)

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Dis Ek, Anna

Saturday, November 19th at 9.10 pm

Someone had to do it.

Dis Ek, Anna follows Anna as she finds herself on trial for a crime that she is unquestionably guilty of, but perhaps justified in committing: the murder of her stepfather. Anna recounts the tale of her troubled childhood and the years of sexual abuse she endured, and the final straw that made her pull the trigger.

Dis Ek, Anna is a compelling and thought-provoking film with a powerful message. Blecher’s film shines a light on the often under-represented victims of sexual abuse in an incredibly honest and sombre fashion. At the 2016 SAFTAs, the film won 6 awards, including Best Feature Film and Best Director. Anna’s is a story that is heart-breaking to watch, but must be told.

Director:                                    Sara Blecher
Genre:                                        Narrative (Drama)
Year:                                          2015
Length:                                     2 h 02 mins
Rating:                                      16
Winner, Silwerkerm Film Festival, 2015
Winner, South African Film and Television Award, 2016

 The Toronto South African Film Festival