Passage to Freedom
Catalogue Number: CU1000
Producer: Carleton University
Producers: Petzold, Sheila
Directors: Petzold, Sheila
Producing Agencies: Carleton University
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, History, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2022
Running Time: 49:58
Passage to Freedom is a moving documentary that features oral histories of Southeast Asian refugees that made the dangerous journeys from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam to Canada. The film effectively weaves archival clips of news stories, wartime footage, and interviews with former refugees and Canadian immigration officials. Canada resettled over 100,000 Southeast Asian refugees from 1975 to 1985. The Canadian response to the refugee crisis was recognized internationally with the UNHCR Nansen Medal in 1986. The film delves into the journey of the refugees’ integration into the fabric of Canadian life and highlights the contributions of this first generation and their descendants.
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