Upcoming Events

Waterloo, Ontario - Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm ET, Waterloo Region Migration Film Festival, virtual screening and Q&A (click here to register)

Calgary, Alberta - Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, 1:00 pm MT, Globe Cinema, screening and discussion (registration coming soon)

 

Past Events

Ottawa, Ontario - Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, Carleton University's Beyond Resettlement conference, virtual screening and discussion

Edmonton, Alberta - Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, Muttart Theatre at Edmonton Public Library's Milner Branch, screening and Q&A

Waterloo, Ontario - Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, Waterloo Public Library virtual discussion with Aleem Karmali titled "Global Storytelling in Film"

 

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In 1972, the President of Uganda, Idi Amin, announced that all Asians had 90 days to leave the country. Among other countries, Canada offered an “honourable place” to almost 8,000 Ugandan Asian refugees.

This documentary film explores Canada’s first major migration of predominantly Muslim, non-European, and non-white refugees, set against the backdrop of African post-colonialism, a brutal military dictatorship, and changing Canadian attitudes to diversity. Their story of struggle and hope became part of Canada’s conversations about refugees and cultural pluralism, and informed the Canadian response to future refugee movements.

Written and directed by Aleem Karmali, the film features interviews with historians, Canadian immigration officials, and those who lived through the expulsion, including:

The Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Mobina Jaffer, Senate of Canada
Michael Molloy, former Canadian immigration official
Dr. Shezan Muhammedi, author of Gifts from Amin
Tasneem Jamal, author of Where the Air is Sweet
Prof. Karim H. Karim, Carleton University
Dr. Laura Madokoro, Carleton University
Dr. Alyshea Cummins, Carleton University
Clifford Pereira, African Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Supported by generous funding from the Edmonton Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

THROWN INTO CANADA:

THE SETTLEMENT OF ASIAN REFUGEES FROM UGANDA