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Expelled: My Roots in Uganda with Omar Sachedina

Catalogue Number:  CTV942
Producer:  CTV
Producers:  Ayres, Shelley
Directors:  Ayres, Shelley
Producing Agencies:  CTV Television
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Diversity, Documentary, Guidance, Health, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Women's Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2022
Running Time:  44:14

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Fifty years ago thousands of South Asians were expelled from their home in Uganda. CTV’s Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Omar Sachedina takes viewers on an intimate journey back to his mother Salma’s homeland with her and his sister Nafilia, the first time his mother has returned since her expulsion in 1972. The documentary follows the family as they rediscover their roots and examines what took place 50 years earlier when Idi Amin erased Asian economic control in his country through expulsion. The special also includes interviews with other immigrants who found homes across Canada after also being expelled from Uganda. Included is Toronto’s composer Amin Bhatia who was 10 when he arrived in Calgary.  We get insight into the event from Canadian Visa Officer Michael Molloy who helped lead the operation that brought over 6,000 people to Canada in 1972. This is a story of determination, strength, and resilience and a portrayal of how immigrants add to the richness of Canada.

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