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Rasha Salti

Rasha Salti

Africa, the Middle East


...and current home: Beirut, Lebanon.

Programming for the Festival since:

Secret film love:
The Night of the Iguana (1964), directed by John Huston, based on the Tennessee Williams screenplay, starring Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Richard Burton. Everything about this film is stellar. From Huston’s direction to the performances, dialogue, lighting, set design.... It’s a classic gem. I could watch it once a week and still be moved with the same measure of intensity.

Should have seen it by now but haven’t:
Most of the Midnight Madness films — I know I have missed out on tremendous experiences!

Favourite television series:
The groundbreaking Homicide (an under-recognized classic), The Wire (I still find it fabulous), and Breaking Bad (I am predictable).

Your secret Toronto begins...
Kensington Market’s vintage shops have wondrous treasures.

Africa, the Middle East


Rasha Salti, an independent film and visual-arts curator and writer, joined the Festival in 2011. She served as a film programmer and creative director for the New York–based ArteEast, where she directed two editions of the biennial CinemaEast Film Festival. Rasha has collaborated with a number of organizations, including the Musée Jeu de Paume in Paris, SANFIC in Santiago de Chile, and Tate Modern in London.

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