Everybody's Children

Everybody's Children

                                Everybody's Children
| 51 min

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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.

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Everybody's Children, Monika Delmos, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • 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

  • DancesWithCrayons

    Joyce and Sallieu - your stories are heart-touching and inspiring. To start over again and succeed. The questions asked by Immigration do sound strange, maybe very outdated? So glad that you found friends to share the ups, downs and in-betweens with, as well as kindness through supportive friends. It wasn't easy but worth it. There is so much we take for granted in Canada, even assuming everyone around the world has internet access. Great attitude Sallieu, for understanding that not everyone understands. Hoping both Joyce and Sallieu are well. And I agree with Joyce, that we carry loved ones forever in our hearts. Please Canada, keep the door open! I hope that Joyce's singing reached her friends in the Congo.

    DancesWithCrayons, 6 Jan 2011
  • mac_riv

    Although this film is heart-wrenching, I love it! First, I gained some insight into a former student, Sallieu; second, it reminds me of the universal optimism of youth, and third, perhaps most importantly, the film exposed a major flaw in our system of assisting refugees. It motivates me to try to help in some/whatever small way I can...

    mac_riv, 28 May 2010

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