Kalil Haddad is an experimental filmmaker based in Toronto. He has written, directed, and edited over ten short films including: Farm Boy (19), The Taking of Jordan (22), and His Smell (23). His work has screened internationally at festivals and gallery exhibitions in Europe, Latin America, and the United States; including Chicago’s 33rd Onion City Experimental, where The Taking of Jordan was awarded Best of the Festival. Writing on his films have appeared in Cinema Year Zero, Counter Arts, and Tone Glow, among other publications.

As an editor, he has collaborated with John Greyson on International Dawn Chorus Day (21) and Sophy Romvari on Still Processing (20) and It’s What Each Person Needs (22). These latter works were released by The Criterion Channel and The New Yorker, while the former received the TEDDY Award for Best Short Film at the 71st Berlinale.

His work appears in the collections of The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and Vtape.

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2020 | 19:45 | Documentary


Marie, a retired elementary school principle, must confront spaces concrete and virtual, as she attempts to navigate the ghosts of her childhood.

“Haddad’s The Beautiful Room is Empty explores the loaded memories of space through his aunt, Marie, (re)visiting her childhood home and recalling the abuse she endured there. […] What have the walls been listening to? What have they absorbed, retained, and released upon a return, a farewell?”

- Sarah Sarofim, Canadian Art

  • Toronto Palestine FF (Toronto, 2020)
  • Kasseler Dokfest (Kassel, 2022)
  • Reelout (Kingston, 2023)
  • VIVO (Vancouver, 2023)

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Available at The Filmmakers Cooperative