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Migration, language and culture at the Blow-up Arthouse Film Fest

Migrant Birds Fly is a multilingual and poetic Canadian feature film, directed by Arsalan Baraheni, the award-winning filmmaker. The film is a tale of exile, language barrier, love and identity. The film consists of three chapters called "Migrant", "Birds" and "Fly" which will finally turn into "Migrant Birds Fly" when three women from Asia, Middle East and East Europe, end up together in a language classroom in Toronto. The narratives of the film are based on the poems of three legendary female poets, Anna Akhmatova, Forough Farokhzad, and Li Qinzhao. The latest nomination of the film is at the BLOW-UP ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL which links the most creative artists together with very intelligent audiences for its annual festival of narrative and documentary films, shorts, animations, experimental films, and student work. The Festival was named after the Michelangelo Antonioni's iconic film "Blow-Up".




The Festival pursues goals to introduce more people to the arthouse film. We believe that a story driven by a genuine expression can stimulate new thoughts that have the power to promote the fundamental principles of humanism, expand creative frontiers, stimulate new levels of compassion, and even lead to social change. We welcome serious films aimed at a specific audience rather than a mass-market consumer. We would like to see films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than commercial profit.

The Festival is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. The Festival seeks to inspire independent film artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. We also welcome established Arthouse filmmakers, who already attained a major contribution to the art of filmmaking. The festival would like to approach the caliber of films made by such great directors as Eisenstein, Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Godard, Truffaut, Pasolini, Kurosawa, Buñuel, Norshteyn.

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