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From Sherbrooke to Brooks documentary showing Oct. 9

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Roger Parent’s debut feature-length documentary, From Sherbrooke to Brooks, produced at the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio by Dominic Desjardins, will have its world premiere on Sunday,  Oct. 9, in both of the cities in which the film was shot: in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in its original French version, as the closing screening of the Semaine sherbrookoise des rencontres interculturelles, and in Brooks, in its original French version with English subtitles, at the Griffin Park Theatre.

Born of Parent and his crew’s patient filmmaking process, this compassionate and respectful film gives audiences a unique look at several individuals whose touching experiences, in life and as immigrants, cannot be ignored.
The film will be presented to the two communities that feature prominently in it, with the director Roger Parent attending the premiere in Brooks and the producer on hand at the Sherbrooke premiere.  The screening of the original French version with English subtitles will take place at 2 p.m., Griffin Park Theatre (805, 4th Ave. West).
The screening is followed by a question and answer with the filmmaker Roger Parent.
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 small city of Brooks, 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.
The film will be available for free at for 48 hours starting Nov. 21 at 11 p.m.

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