Exciting Free Film And Food Festival Coming To Mississauga Soon


You might think you have to travel outside of Mississauga to check out a film festival, but that’s not true.

While the Mississauga Independent Film Festival hasn’t happened in a few years (and it’s very much missed, as it was a spectacular production), Mississauga is no stranger to film festivals. As many movie buffs might know, the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival has also graced the city.

And now, another unique festival is making its way to Mississauga. 

Mississauga will soon be hosting Our Future City: Urban Film Forum, which will feature internationally-acclaimed documentary films, post-show discussions, a small awards show and many food trucks over at Celebration Square.

The city, in collaboration with Hot Docs, will be hosting the event to showcase city-wide projects and the Downtown Strategy to get feedback from the public. The event will be held on November 2 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium in the Central Library. Films and presentation will focus on access to affordable housing, the growth of cities and the power of cultural food experiences. 

Aisha Jamal, a Toronto-based film programmer, independent filmmaker and college professor, is the event moderator. Her documentaries have been screened at festivals and venues worldwide as well as the Documentary channel this fall. 

Here is the film lineup:

"The Human Scale" - Fifty per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80 per cent. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behaviour in cities over 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our planning.

Opening Ceremonies at 11 a.m. followed by screening. Post-show discussion 1-1:30 p.m.

"Push" - Push is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can't afford to live in our cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today's most pressing world issues? 

Showtime: 2 p.m. Post-show discussion (featuring journalist, John Lorinc) 3:30 - 4 p.m. 

"City of Gold" - Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colourful neighbourhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.  

Showtime: 6 p.m. Post-show discussion (featuring Suresh Doss) 7:30 - 8 p.m. 

The city will also be announcing the winners of the Our Future City - Short Film Competition, which awards a short film (five minutes or less) that envisions the future of the city, focusing on everyday experiences, local matters or urban aspirations. 

Tickets are free and online at Eventbrite.

The film event marks the start of the public engagement phase of Mississauga's Official Plan Review, which officially began in June. The official plan guides future growth in the city and contains policies on the social, economic, cultural, natural and built environments. The review will consider the changing needs, opportunities and aspirations of the community.

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