Documentary screening & discussion: Thrown into Canada

The historic event of 1972 that helped shape Canada’s conversations regarding refugees and cultural pluralism.

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This documentary is an exploration of Canada’s first major migration of non-European and non-white refugees. It is set against the backdrop of African post-colonialism, a brutal military dictatorship, and changing Canadian attitudes to diversity. Their story of struggle and hope became part of Canada’s conversations about refugees and cultural pluralism, and informed the Canadian response to future refugee movements.

Written and directed by Aleem Karmali, the film features interviews with historians, Canadian immigration officials, and those who lived through the expulsion.

Following the film, a unique panel discussion will be held featuring Aleem Karmali and Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, who was a refugee from Uganda and is featured in the film.

Thrown into Canada was independently produced through the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council.

Please note: Parking is available at the Centennial Parkade located behind the Globe Cinema on 9th avenue ($2 weekdays after 4pm and weekends).

Visit to buy tickets on Eventbrite! $10 General Admission.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    21 January 2023 1:00 pm
  • End Date
    21 January 2023 3:00 pm
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  • Address
    Globe Cinema 617 8 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB T2P 1H1