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More VIFF recommendations: a Haida tale, sailing with refugees and a cheeky Bible story
Also an edifying rural tale by a master Iranian filmmaker
Oct 3rd, 2018
VIFF picks: New work from Patricia Rozema, a cinematic ode to our mountains and some very funny Animal Behaviour
Also science whiz kids, a kid tragedy in a Welsh summer, a Palestinian girl with ambitions and refugees on the move
Oct 1st, 2018
Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?
I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq. His story begins on a desert road where a...
Sep 21st, 2018
Uganda's trailblazing refugee policies hold lessons for the world
When I arrived in Uganda earlier this year to visit refugees fleeing the brutality of the spiraling South Sudanese civil war, I expected to find something familiar: sprawling tent cities,...
Sep 4th, 2017
An Afghan story from a Greek refugee camp
While visiting an Afghan refugee family in their tent in Greece, my wife and I came to understand the particular plight of families fleeing the chaos and violence in Afghanistan. Canada...
Oct 22nd, 2016
"A Disappearance in Damascus": Deborah Campbell's story about friendship and resilience in Syria
Renowned nonfiction writer Deborah Campbell, who has traveled throughout the Middle East to write difficult and illuminating stories about the Middle East, depicts an intensely personal story about...
Oct 2nd, 2016
Two thousand backpacks for Syrian and Canadian children
Syrian refugee children and low-income Canadian children living in the Lower Mainland will be fully equipped for the 2016 school year. At least that’s Jenny Kwan’s holiday wish. The Immigration,...
Valentina Ruiz Leotaud
Dec 23rd, 2015
Facing the refugee and climate crisis at a train station in Austria
Instead of acting like a reluctant government official, I become more engaged, more aware. Too much caution in the face of this crisis could hurt innocent families.
Dec 1st, 2015
Access Gallery accepting donations for Syrian refugees in Surrey
Roughly 3,000 asylum-seekers will pour into B.C. over the next few weeks — desperately in need of household items, clothing, and toiletries.
Nov 23rd, 2015
Refugee crisis: Mayors lead where Harper fears to tread in helping war victims
Mayors offer leadership to help refugees while federal government suggests more military action.
Sep 10th, 2015