TUESDAY OCT 9th I 5:30PM I GLENN GOULD STUDIO
CANADA 2018 I 91 MINS I ENGLISH I TAMIL I TORONTO PREMIERE
Join us on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 for the opening night celebration of the 18th annual Reelworld Film Festival.
The evening will include a cocktail reception, the Toronto premiere of opening feature film ROOBHA, and an engaging Q&A with director LENIN M. SIVAM and special guests.
She’s enchanting… and then she dances… A runaway train of intensity. A raw multi-layered look into feelings that many don’t understand. A relationship develops between an older Sri Lankan man and a young woman. He’s… married, with children, and she’s… a trans-woman. Yes, it’s complicated, but it’s also a beautifully thoughtful portrayal of what we all want… to love and be loved.
Roobha weaves a unique romantic tale that deals with the complexities of personality and gender identity within the South-Asian community. Roobha, a trans-woman, struggles to make a living in Toronto after she is
ostracized by her family. Her chance encounter with a family man, Anthony, leads to a beautiful romance. However, their blissful existence is short lived as their families soon discover their relationship.
Principle cast: Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, Amrit Sandhu, Thenuka Kantharajah and Sornalingam Vyramuthu
Our Opening Night Gala and Screening is generously sponsored by TD Canada Trust.
Can't make the Gala? Join us on October 10th at Famous Players Canada Square Cinema for a second screening of Roobha
LENIN M. SIVAM
Lenin M. Sivam was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema" through his offbeat, realistic and powerful depiction of the Tamil Diaspora. After several years of making short films, Sivam first achieved international recognition with his feature film debut “1999” in 2009, which won critical acclaim winning several film awards both in Canada and around the world establishing Sivam as an emerging Canadian filmmaker to watch for.
Sivam’s success continued with his next film, A Gun & A Ring (2013), which was well received both critically and commercially and made its world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2013 and shortlisted for the coveted Golden Goblet Award.
Producers: Warren Sinnathamby and Raji Nair (Executive Producer)
Editors: Thomas Buschbeck and Rohan Fernando