THIS PLACE is the story of two young women falling in love for the first time. One is half-Iranian, half-Mohawk; the other is Tamil. Kawenniióhstha has just moved to
Toronto, to pursue her dream of becoming a poet. The city is also where her estranged father lives. Raised by her single Kanien'kehá:ka mother in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk territory, she never knew her dad. And he does not know she exists. She yearns to meet him, but struggles to make contact. For Malai, after the passing of her mother, her father’s alcoholism reaches its peak, pushing her to leave home with her elder brother. Years later, as her father battles terminal cancer, she tries to reconcile with him, while navigating her brother’s refusal to do the same. Through two families complicated by love and loss, this film intimately explores the stories of those living in the liminal space between cultures, displaced both at home and abroad. At the centre of it all remains Kawenniióhstha and Malai, whose journeys we follow together and apart.

Original Title This Place
Directed by V.T. Nayani
Starring K. Devery Jacobs ; Priya Guns ; Ali Momen ; Muraly Srinarayanathas; Alex Joseph ; Brittany Leborgne ; Janisa Weekes
Genre Drama, Romance, Coming of Age, LGBT
Running time 87 min
Language English, French, Persian, Mohawk, Tamil
Nationality Canada
Scriptwriter Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Golshan Abdmoulaie, V. T. Nayani
Cinematographer Conor Fisher
Produced by Hometeam Films ; Mutuals Pictures
Local Release 2023 - Mid August
Film Status Completed

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