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Social Justice + Art = Social Change

By Any Medium Necessary

DALL·E 2023-03-19 15.43.07 - Social justice arts festival that is committed to filmmakers,

About Us

The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival, an International Artivist Festival, was founded in 2016 to provide independent artists committed to social justice with a place through which to share their work with our global community. The festival seeks to give a platform to artists who use their voices in film, theatre, spoken word, painting, sculpture, and photography to bring to light such issues as, poverty, gender inequality, homelessness, hunger, physical and psychological abuse, racism, sex trafficking, war, mass incarceration, and grief, among others.

PTAFF...... 2023 is Here

Ignite Change




''Embracing Change Agents''




Unite.. Inspire... Impact

PTAFF 2023 “Igniting Change” is an immersive and transformative event that seeks to celebrate and empower change agents making a positive impact on society. This dynamic event brings together change agents our visionaries, innovators, activists, and thought leaders from various walks of life to share their ideas, experiences, and explore solutions for a better world. Through a combination of Through impactful films, thought-provoking panels, interactive workshops, artistic expressions, and community engagement, our participants will embark on a journey of personal growth, get (stay) inspired, empowered, and equipped with the tools needed to begin the journey or stay the course as catalysts of change.

PTAFF 2023 Official Selections

At PTAFF 2023, these captivating films will inspire, provoke thought, and celebrate the power of storytelling in driving positive change. From real-life heroes to imaginative narratives, the festival showcases the diverse voices that shape our world and ignite hope for a brighter and more compassionate future.


Director: Jon freckle Garcia 

Synopsis: n this cinematic fairytale, Francisca Newman, a psychologically disturbed ballerina, fails at her life audition. Her perfectionism starts to take a noticeable toll on her mental health, where in a world of passion and beauty, sensibility and enlightenment becomes darkness.

In this increasingly violent and surreal competition at the hands of her own reflection, a familiar voice starts talking to her as an old forgotten friend. A voice that takes her on a journey through her own memories in order to find herself, before her reflection becomes a stranger.


Director: Rin Jung, Richard Rivera

Synopsis: “Why do we live?” “What is freedom?” The filmmaker follows a formerly-incarcerated scholar, educator, and activist telling his story to seek answers to the philosophical questions on human being that are brought upon by the encounter with carceral system. This short personal documentary creates a filmic dialogue on the experiential and existential, yet poetic narratives of carcerality, becoming free, and desire for life.

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At PTAFF 2023

This Is Not A Film
A Story About Not Giving Up_The Autistic Twins
Total Diaster
Trace_ Tracing Rare African Canadian Extraordinaire
The Reflection of Francisca Newman
Condemned to be Free
The Poison Garden
Spring Tide
Anthem for Kashmir
Ninety Minutes Later
For The Sake Of Ava
The Mum in Me
Fotografo Callejero
A look back at PTAFF 2022

Trailers from our 2022 Season