Across Cultures

Why did we come to Canada?

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This theme shows people talking about their decisions to immigrate to Canada. Many state that political and economic pressures were compelling.

Strangers for the Day

Strangers for the Day
1962, director: Georges Dufaux, Jacques Godbout

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Emigrating from Syria to Canada, a man and his daughter are on a train heading for Montréal, telling their story. The narrator interprets their comments. The train is full of immigrants: some want money, some want land, some want education. Most want a steady job and a decent place to live.