Case study about Kaveh Nabatian’s film Sin la Habana, selected in the National Competition at the 2020 FNC edition. The director and his team will talk about their experience, the production and the creative process of the film.

Presented by Téléfilm Canada


Wednesday October 14, 2020


With the presence of

Kaveh Nabatian


Kaveh Nabatian is an award-winning Iranian-Canadian director and musician whose evocative filmmaking has brought to life stories from the margins of society and across the world: Haiti, Nunavut, New York and beyond. His film work ranges from A Crack in Everything, a doc about Leonard Cohen, to masterminding the Rotterdam-premiering, experimental, seven-director anthology feature The Seven Last Words, to his feature narrative debut, the Cuba and Montreal-set Sin La Habana.
His cinematic collaborations with musicians include projects with Arcade Fire, Half Moon Run, The Barr Brothers and Leif Vollebekk with his Juno award-winning band Bell Orchestre.
Kaveh continues to work with emerging filmmakers at Haiti’s Cine Institute and in the Alqonquin community of Kitigan Zibi. He “aspire to make films that have the immediacy of music, and to make music that has the evocative energy of film.”

Gabrielle Tougas Fréchette

Voyelles Films’ primary mission is to give life the images and stories of young local talent. Producers Ménaïc Raoul, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette and Guillaume Vasseur work hard to make miraculous moments in their cinema, may it be through grand or modest means. Their work has found audiences in Quebec as well as around the world, from Canne’s official competition to the forests of Abitibi.
The company’s future is prosperous, as they are currently working on their fifth feature length film.

Peggy Lainis

Peggy Lainis is the Regional Feature Film Executive – English Market, Quebec Region at Telefilm Canada. Based in Montreal, she joined Telefilm Canada as a Business Affairs analyst in 2007 and moved into her current role in 2009. Prior to working at Telefilm, Peggy worked in various business affairs capacities for film and television, both in production and in the private sector.

Hayet Benkara


Hayet Benkara is a French-born, Toronto based film industry programmer and advisor. She has worked for many years at TIFF and launched the STUDIO training programme for Canadian filmmakers. She has also worked for the world’s most prestigious film festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam and Locarno.

Evelyn Castroda O'Farrill


I am a professional ballet dancer, model and actress, born in Cuba. I have worked professionaly as a dancer, model, film actress for over 15 years. Specializing in many dance styles I have worked in national and international dance companies. As an actress and model I have been part of various national and international films, documentaries, advertising campaigns and videos.

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia


Pablo D. Herrera Veitia is currently completing a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews. His research explores the sound of Afro-Cuban life and Afro-Cuban citizenship in Havana today. He is also Cuba’s most influential beat-maker and the pioneer of the Afro-Cuban Hiphop sound. He was the recipient of a 2018-2019 Nasir Jones Fellowship at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, Hutchins Center of African and African American Research, Harvard University

Yonah Acosta


Sophie Leblond


Sylvain Bellemare


Julio Hong


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