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.

The Tree That Remembers

The Tree That Remembers
2002, director: Masoud Raouf

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An Islamic state was established in Iran after the Revolution of 1979. Political oppression markedly increased thereafter, and many who disagreed with the government were arrested. Three former Iranian political prisoners, Shokufeh, Shirin, and Reza Ghaffari talk about their personal escapes from Iran.