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Opening Ceremony

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MENA Film Festival’s celebrated Opening Ceremony returns again with an offering of regional dishes, live music, filmmaker talks and Q&A’s and of course a selection of Vancouver premiers to kick off this year’s screenings!



Marjan Alekhamis (Kamancheh) & Mohammad Amini (Kamancheh)
World-renowned musicians with global concert appearances, Mrs. Alekhamis and Mr. Amini provide sounds and textures from the traditional Iranian music repertoire to inaugurate the 2022 MENA Film Festival.


Pre-screening refreshments of specialty dishes from Syria and across the MENA/SWANA region.


Split Ends
Directed by Vancouver-based Iranian director Alireza Kazemipour, Split Ends is a timely narrative of a bald girl and a long-haired boy trying to solve their Hijab problems with the Tehran Morality Police.

My Father’s Name
The world premiere of this year’s winning MENA Canada Filmmaking Grant winner. My Father’s Name by Farhiya Ahmed channels a young man’s struggles to navigate the relationship with his estranged father.

Guests are encouraged to stay for our documentary feature of Foragers immediately following the Opening events. Get your tickets here.


Join us on Saturday, November 26 at VIFF Centre starting at 2PM to celebrate the sights, sounds and screens of the MENA/SWANA region in Vancouver. Tickets are limited and sell out fast!

120 min

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