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19 Days

Asha Siad & Roda Siad
2016 | 26 min 21 s

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Shadi looks at the Canadian Food Guide during his family’s first meeting with a settlement counselor
Patrick Mclaughlin
Photo : © Patrick Mclaughlin
Somali couple wait at the airport to receive winter clothes.
Fabrice looks on as his younger brother spends time at the playground.
Jennifer sits on a bench as she waits for other new arrivals.
Fatuma argues and jokes with her husband about the airplane they came to Canada on.
Mustafa and his son Ali see snow for the first time.
Jennifer takes a break from the extended tour her family receives during their first day at the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre.
Mustafa looks through a list of phone numbers as he prepares to call home.


Asha Siad
Photo : Mahdi Siad

Asha Siad

Asha Siad is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who founded Borderless Films with her sister, Roda, in 2013. A passionate multimedia storyteller, Asha shares under-reported stories that expand the dialogue around pressing issues and allow people to connect with the world in a more meaningful way.

Asha recently co-produced the web documentary Living at the Border, a look at the lives of African migrants in Italy that won the 2014 Amnesty International Canada Media Award for Best Online Journalism. Other projects produced through Borderless Films include the 2013 documentary Beyond the Silence. Asha has reported for CBC News, Shaw TV and Frontiere News, and she presented and produced Shaw TV Calgary’s documentary series New Beginnings and Reserving Identities. She won the Images and Voices of Hope Award of Appreciation in 2015 and was honoured by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation in 2016.

Asha and her sister are the daughters of Somali refugees who came to Canada in the 1990s.

Roda Siad
Photo : Mahdi Siad

Roda Siad

Roda Siad is a documentary filmmaker who employs media as a tool for advocacy. In 2013, she joined forces with her sister, Asha, to establish Borderless Films, an independent production company that promotes social change through creative storytelling.

In 2012, Roda was named one of the Top 20 Emerging Filmmakers at the Reel World Film Festival. She co-produced Beyond the Silence and Living at the Border, the latter winning the 2014 Amnesty International Canada Media Award for Best Online Journalism. Roda’s extensive experience in community development and working with immigrant and refugee communities informs her film projects. She was an Irma Parhad Research Scholar for the Calgary Centre for Global Community and conducted research in Europe on the migration crisis.

Roda and her sister are the daughters of Somali refugees who came to Canada in the 1990s.

David Christensen
Producer & Executive Producer

David Christensen

David Christensen is a Producer and Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s North West Studio, one of the NFB’s six English language studios. Some of his recent films include If I Was God, recently Oscar-shortlisted for Best Animation Short, the NFB co-produced feature documentary Hadwin’s Judgement, which premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, and the feature film The Forbidden Room, directed by Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson and winner of the best Canadian Feature by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Other works that David has produced include the acclaimed documentary Everything Will Be, a devastating co-production about Indian Residential Schools entitled We Were Children, the Oscar-nominated animated short film Wild Life, and Bear 71, an online interactive web documentary that was named FWA Site of the Year. He is also very involved in emerging filmmaking and digital programmes for Nunavut filmmakers.


Written and Directed by
Asha Siad & Roda Siad

David Christensen

Director of Photography
Patrick McLaughlin

Sound Recordists
Adam Naugler
Gary Bruckner

Paul Mortimer

Sound Effects Editor and Mixing Supervisor
Adam Naugler
Ridgeline Audio

Grading and Post Production Services
Darren Bierman
Nine40 Finishing and FX

Albert Kazohera
Lazhar Abida
MCIS Language Services
LAT Multilingual Translation & Marketing

Margaret Styczynska
Fariborz Birjandian
Staff at Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre
Mustafa & Haria and Family
Fabien & Fatuma and Family
Mohammad & Wahibe and Family
Mohamed Murad Abed Abdu
Mohamed Salaad Adam
Fadumo Ibrahim Osman
Badraldin & Darin and Family
Rimon, Nadera & Raghad

Anup and Family
Sharon Christie
Safa Abida
Rawya Gumaa
Abdelrahman Lesan
Meera Sainju
Sana Khan
Maria Arshad 
Fidele Rugabo
Meschac Sawasawa
Bertoni Translations Inc.
Merilee Adamson (Calgary International Airport)

Production Coordinators
Jasmine Pullukatt
Faye Yoneda

Production Supervisor
Mark Power

Marketing Manager
Leslie Stafford

Program Administrator
Bree Beach

Centre Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

Executive Producer
David Christensen

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