Directed by Teyama Alkamli

Written by Teyama Alkamli & Georgina Beaty

Produced by Shant Joshi

Length: 10 min

JALA tells the story of a prepubescent girl who dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer.
But as she trains for tryouts, she becomes self-conscious about her appearance.

Pre-Production Dates: September 30 - October 19, 2019

Shooting Dates: Sunday, October 20 - Monday, October 21, 2019

Please note that CFC is a federal registered charity and that all cast & crew are hired on a volunteer basis.



TEYAMA ALKAMLI - Director/Co-Writer

Born in Aleppo and raised in Dubai, Teyama Alkamli is currently a proud Torontonian. Her visually tender and deeply human work deals predominantly with issues of identity, sexuality, displacement and migration. Alkamli’s short films have screened at festivals worldwide, including Doclisboa and FECIBogotá. She is an alumna of DocNomads, the European Mobile Film School, and the Hot Docs Emerging Filmmaker Lab. Currently Alkamli is co-directing the documentary feature, Hockey Mom, which is supported by CBC Docs POV, and developing her narrative feature debut, My Name is Jala.


Originally from the Rockies, Georgina Beaty is a writer and actor. She has co-created five plays that were presented across Canada, and she is the playwright of Extremophiles. Beaty is a Jessie Award-winning actor who has performed in theatres from the West Coast to Montreal, including most recently in Counting Sheepin London, England. Her fiction and poetry have been published in New England Review, The Fiddlehead, Plenitude, Neon and Gush. Beaty holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and is drawn to absurd, darkly humorous stories about the extreme times in which we live.


SHANT JOSHI - Producer

Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian producer based in Los Angeles and Toronto. His credits include the films, Porcupine Lake (director Ingrid Veninger), Last Car (director John Greyson) and Pink: Diss (also directed by Greyson); the hit webseries, Teenagers; Dekkoo original series, I’m Fine; and more than 15 short films that have traveled the global festival circuit. Joshi co-founded the Future of Film Showcase as a launchpad for emerging Canadian filmmakers, and he previously worked at Buchwald and Madhouse Entertainment.


CHRISTINA IENNA - Director of Photography

Christina Ienna is a Toronto based filmmaker and cinematographer with extensive experience in documentary, narrative and commercial production. She is an Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and a part of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers. Her vigorous devotion towards her craft makes Christina a versatile and collaborative ally to any production. Christina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Film and Communication Studies from the University of Windsor and has over a decade of industry experience. She has worked with companies such as DESTINATION CANADA, VICE, CBC, NIKE, NIMBLE, HAVAS and SHED CREATIVE.

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