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19 Days

Asha Siad & Roda Siad
2016 | 26 min 21 s

Short Synopsis

Long Synopsis



Promotional Materials


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

Roda Siad

Photo : Mahdi Siad

David Christensen
Producer & Executive Producer



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

Media Relations

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