their war-torn homeland, forty thousand Algerians come
to Montreal, Quebec in the 1990’s. Many are refused
refugee status and are not allowed to study or work normally.
Years go by, children are born and Canada becomes home.
comes 911. Deportations begin.
“non-status Algerians” decide to fight to
stay in Canada. Bledi, This is Our Home follows some of
the key actors in a roller-coaster of direct actions,
lobbying efforts, victories and setbacks. For the first time in Canadian history, the tradition of sanctuary is violated when Mohamed Cherfi is dragged out of a Quebec City church... then tossed in a U.S. jail.
UPDATE: Mohamed Cherfi is now back in Canada
August 5, 2009 -- After five long years, Mohamed Cherfi is finally back in Canada. Congratulations to Mohamed and Louise Boivin from Malcolm, Eylem, Lucie and the rest of the team at Productions Multi-Monde!
Read CBC article at CBC.ca.
Dramatic and personal, Bledi, This is Our Home raises
crucial questions about Canada’s refugee policies
and its treatment of Muslims and Arabs.