Une dernière chance
Paul Émile d’Entremont | Canada | 2012 | 85 min | French & English |

Une dernière chance is director Paul Émile d’Entremont’s NFB documentary about people seeking political asylum in Canada due to persecution in their homelands because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The film depicts five individuals going through the emotional hardship and red tape of trying to remain in Canada while confronting the violence they’ve experienced at home. As the documentary shifts from narrative to narrative, it also explores the inquiry process that refugee claimants must endure. Human rights activists and lawyers explain that prejudicial stereotypes are sometimes invoked to determine who is or isn’t gay. Here, these stereotypes have serious consequences, as claimants can be deported if they aren’t believed to be queer. The doc is also a testament of the vital role that community plays in these life-altering journeys. In looking at the changing conservative face of Canada’s policy on refugee status and its immigration policies in general, the film questions whether or not this country will continue to play a humanitarian role in welcoming those seeking protection. – M. Ambrose Harris - Presented in collaboration with TD.

Thursday 22 November 19:00 | PGM 03 | Cinéma du Parc