To Be A Boy
Gender role is subconsciously defined by our society and cultural background. Wolfie, is a gender independent 6-year-old boy. He is fortunate to have three parents and three siblings who are supportive in every way. But that doesn't mean it's an easy path for him. The simplest things like going to the bathroom or joining a sports team can be traumatizing. The result, bullying that leads to feelings of social exclusion. At the age of 6, Wolfie is an outspoken advocate, a word kids of his age don't even know what it means.
TO BE A BOY are images of a young boy who is not afraid to show who he is, and who he wants to be. His family hopes Wolfie's journey can inspire other parents, and the world to accept gender freedom and expression.
El Kashasheen - Hearts of Feather
Samer and Bilal Maroun, originally from Jaffa, Palestine, have been training pigeons for the past 30 years in downtown Amman, Jordan. Their story is simple yet heart warming. In a volatile and politically unstable region such as the Middle East where differences stem out of identity, race, religion and social status, the twin brothers were able to rise above these differences through the simple life they chose, the goodness of their heart and their acceptance of everyone regardless of their religion or their origin.
Syrian seamstress becomes a part of community fabric
With the help of sponsors
Rabiaa Al Soufi’s skills have become a valued part of one tight-knit community in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Taking a Chance
Syrian family find safe harbour on the shores of Canada
In the port town of Lunenburg
generous locals have come together to welcome a Syrian family with open arms.
Too Young to be a Bride
Omaima Hoshan is a young, ambitious and brave teenage girl. She advocates for women’s right to education and she also discourages early marriage. Omaima runs painting and acting classes to educate young girls and parents on underage marriage.
Christian community welcomes Syrian family to Canada
A Hutterite community in Manitoba finds common ground and strong friendship with the Syrian refugee family they helped to resettle.
Warmth and kindness in the Canadian wilderness
The Arafat family were terrified when they fled their home in Syria. Now they are finding new hope and happiness in a Canadian mountain community.
Hearing Music Once More
Syrian violinist helps Canadian community hear his song
Sari Alesh’s promising music career was cut short by war. With the help of sponsors, the violinist can now play once more.
Child refugee grows up to become family doctor in Canada
When Sameena and her Ugandan Asian family needed a place of safety, Canada stepped up. Now a doctor, she cares for families in her adoptive home.
Vietnamese refugee turns flight into art in Canada
Living in a Thai refugee camp in 1980, Trung Pham found solace in the pages of his sketchbook. Today, in Canada, his work records that flight from danger.
The Hungarian entrepreneur who styled a new life in Canada
Fifty years ago, a boy fled Hungary and found sanctuary in Canada. Now he is living his dream by running his own business.
Taking the First Step
Wisam’s spine was shattered after an explosion threw her from the roof of her home in Syria. She managed to get to Jordan and was taken to a hospital in the capital Amman for an operation to repair her broken vertebrae. Doctors told her that the damage to her spine meant she might never walk again.
Syrian wrestling champ inspires young refugee’s dreams
Young Mohammed was adrift after arriving at Za’atari camp, but an encounter with a Syrian wrestling champion gave him new hope.
Candy man offers Syrian refugees a sweet taste of home
Abu Rabee' used to own a factory in Daraa which produced the traditional Syrian sweets known as Raha – a delicacy the town is know for. When his factory was bombed, Abu Rabee' fled with his family to Jordan. From his small caravan in Za'atari refugee camp, Abu Rabee' decided to start making the famous sweets again using basic tools. The profit he makes is small, but Abu Rabee' continues to make the sweets to keep memories of home alive.
For The Record Waterloo
Growing Into Me
It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. This is the story of Anya Block, a 26-year-old who was diagnosed with psychosis.
For The Record Waterloo
Mike Roth is the owner of Nith Valley Apiaries, A local honey producer based in New Hamburg Ontario. Mike worked for the previous =business owner when he was 16 before he decided to purchase the business at the age of 18. Roth takes care of approximately 350 beehives on 20 different farms.