RECOMMENDED WATCH TIME, FOLLOWED BY EXCLUSIVE DIRECTOR Q&A:

OCT 18, 9:00 AM

PROGRAMMERS NOTES

When the place you live doesn’t feel like home, what do you do? In Vest, a family is pushed to its limits when the child they fostered from Pakistan acts out and refuses to speak. After another blowout, Ali runs away, eventually finding himself in the London Underground. When a bystander makes a quick judgement about what Ali may be doing there, Ali’s life is in peril.

Director Samir Mallal’s drama contemplates what home and family mean for a young boy uprooted from his homeland. As Ali discovers, family is those who have your back when you need it most.

Marina Hanna

Director:

Samir Mallal

Samir is a commercial director who began in documentary. His film Nollywood Babylon screened at Sundance, Edinburgh, Sydney, and MOMA. In 2010, he was selected for Saatchi and Saatchi’s New Directors showcase and won the Young Director Gold Award at Cannes Lions. TIFF voted Arctic Sun their top commercial in their Essential 150 list.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Samir Mallal

Cinematographer

Fraser Rigg

Producer

Samir Mallal, Sarah Tognazzi

Editor

Dan Sherwen

Principal Cast

Sarah Syed, Afraz Hussain, Badr Luqman, Annika Whiston

Vest

Samir Mallal

DRAMA | ENGLISH | 12 MIN | UNITED KINGDOM | TORONTO PREMIERE

SHORTS PROGRAM:

FAMILY/ HOME

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