Tina Hassannia

Tina Hassannia is a writer and film critic based in Toronto.

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TIFF 2019

Connection at the heart of Canadian Renuka Jeyapalan's Life Support

'Life Support' is one of six episodes of personal stories adaptations cherry-picked from The Globe and Mail’s First Person section.
TIFF 2019

Karen Moore debuts Volcano at TIFF with well-honed comedic chops

In Canadian Karen Moore’s directorial debut short film Volcano, two longtime friends meet up for drinks at a tiki bar, only to find themselves in their own bidding war for attention.

There's a new generation of Indigenous filmmakers you need to watch — so here's your crash course

Canadian cinema would be nothing without its Indigenous contributions. Get to know the creatives making waves on our screens.

This rising documentarian is capturing the magic of older women — including both her grandmas

The latest feature from Toronto's Sofia Bohdanowicz, currently screening at Hot Docs, is a disarming and romantic vision of the small moments that define a life.
Point of View

Why we need to reframe the narrative of our invisible Canadian cinema

The day after the CSAs, filmmaker Kevan Funk mounts a defence of our country's cinema — and challenges Canadians to engage more deeply with it.
Point of View

How the film 'Window Horses' offers a journey of self-discovery for this Iranian-Canadian writer

For Tina Hassannia, seeing Ann Marie Fleming's new animated film was "something of a beckoning call."

The story of how a new era of Indigenous filmmaking began in Canada

In 1968, the NFB's Challenge For Change program started using film to amplify the voices of marginalized communities — with effects that still resonate to this day.

This is the earliest known Canadian film written by a woman

1919's "Back to God's Country" is the most successful Canadian silent film ever — even though its creator has never gotten her deserved place in the history books.

The (almost) lost history of Canada's cinematic birthplace

The memory of Montreal's now-destroyed Robillard Building is a reminder that history isn't always as neatly squared away as textbooks might want us to believe.

This poignant documentary will change how you look at addiction and street life

Hugh Gibson's documentary debut offers a rare and necessary glimpse into a community often stigmatized or ignored by popular media.

The organized chaos that made 'nirvanna the band the show' a cult favourite

Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol have gotten away with all kinds of filming tomfoolery since their show's early days as a free web series.

Colin Low, Don Owen and how the NFB's Unit B changed Canadian cinema

Last week was a tough one for Canadian film, bringing the deaths of two important filmmakers one after the other. Colin Low and Don Owen were several years apart in age and differed in their style and approach, but both played a fundamental role in defining Canadian cinema with their work at the National Film Board (NFB).

Canadian filmmakers snuck into NASA for conspiracy flick Operation Avalanche

A new Canadian film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Operation Avalanche is an inventive, hilarious mockumentary about the CIA’s top-secret plan to trick the public into believing humans landed on the moon.

Three essential movies about coming of age in Canada

The three coming-of-age feature films playing in TIFF’s Canada’s Top 10 Festival: Sleeping Giant, Closet Monster, and My American Cousin show teens who, along with the expected search for kicks, find that their desires place them on the wrong side of what their friends and neighbours deem to be normal.