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Everybody's Children

Everybody's Children

| 51 min

Monika Delmos's documentary captures a year in the life of two teenage refugees, Joyce and Sallieu, who have left their own countries to make a new life in Ontario. Joyce, 17, left the Democratic Republic of Congo to avoid being forced into prostitution by her family. Sallieu, 16, had witnessed the murder of his mother as a young boy in wartorn Sierra Leone.

Delmos follows them as they bear the normal pressures of being a teenager while simultaneously undergoing the refugee application process. She shows how the guidance and support of a handful of people make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of these children.

  • director
    Monika Delmos
  • producer
    Anita Lee
  • cinematography
    Stanislaw Barua
  • editor
    Lawrence Jackman
  • music composer
    Alex Khaskin
  • location sound
    Chris Miller
  • additional cinematography
    Alen Milic
    Ioana Vasile
  • additional sound
    Phil Brouwer
    Ian Challis
    David K. Grant
    Gary Oppenheimer
    Marek Piekarzewski
    Jeff Reyes
  • assistant editor
    Tera Goldblatt
  • translator
    Vanessa Emam
    Genevieve Trilling
  • sound editor
    Fred Brennan
    Ed Douglas
  • assistant sound editor
    Sue Fawcett
  • re-recording mixer
    Allen Ormerod
  • online editor
    Andrew Mandziuk
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • production coordinator
    Corinne Herman
    Christine Kleckner
  • technical coordinator
    Branden Bratuhin
  • marketing manager
    Sue Mander
    Nataly Spudic
  • administration coordinator
    Joanne Forrest
  • production secretary
    Renée Lottridge
  • technical intern
    Christopher Logan
    Trevor Schellinck
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 14 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Social Studies - Canadian Politics and Government

In a discussion with the class, ask students what they about the government granting residency status but then making these refugees pay $550 for their application. Do they think it's fair? Is it sending a message to the refugees that even though Canada has allowed them to stay, they cannot become a burden on the Canadian government and taxpayers? Explore more about refuges in Canada at this website.

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