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From Sherbrooke to Brooks - Inside a Migration Corridor

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Most of them have come from the Democratic Republic of Congo and some have transited through refugee camps in Uganda and Tanzania. They arrived in Quebec in the early 2000s and settled in Sherbrooke, in the Eastern Townships region. Unable to find work there, many of these French-speaking families have since left the province to move out West. Over time, a migration corridor has been carved out between Sherbrooke and the town of Brooks, Alberta, where a pan-Canadian welcome network has been created to facilitate the integration of newcomers. From Sherbrooke to Brooks is the story of this corridor travelled by many French-speaking Africans in search of a better life.

Interlacing personal stories amid several back-and-forth trips between these two locations, this documentary lays bare the challenges many French-speaking African refugees face. It also shows the remarkable resilience of these exiles, trapped between the fragility of their dreams and the harsh constraints of reality. At a time when the news is dominated by images of refugees fleeing war and poverty, From Sherbrooke to Brooks takes stock of the work that’s yet to be done to successfully integrate those who will be contributing to tomorrow’s world.

2016, 67 min 08 s