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19 Days

19 Days

| 26 min

This short documentary follows several refugee families during their first 19 days in Canada, as they navigate an unfamiliar terrain that has suddenly become their home. Located in the quiet Calgary neighbourhood of Bridgeland, the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre is the starting point for government-assisted refugees who arrive in the city. During the 19-day timeline established by the federal government, an initial assessment is done and refugees are assisted with everything from airport reception and orientation to referrals, documents, and counselling.

19 Days reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process. A unique look at the global migration crisis and one particular stage of asylum, it lays plain the realities faced on the difficult road towards integration.

  • writer
    Asha Siad
    Roda Siad
  • director
    Asha Siad
    Roda Siad
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • director of photography
    Patrick McLaughlin
  • sound recordist
    Gary Bruckner
    Adam Naugler
  • editor
    Paul Mortimer
  • sound effects editor
    Adam Naugler
  • mixing supervisor
    Adam Naugler
  • grading
    Darren Bierman
  • post-production services
    Darren Bierman
  • transcription
    Albert Kazohera
    Lazhar Abida
  • production coordinator
    Jasmine Pullukatt
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Bree Beach
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen



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