Every year, over 400 chil­dren arrive alone at the Cana­di­an bor­der to claim refugee sta­tus. Fear­ing for their lives, Afshin, Alain and Patri­cia left their coun­try, with­out their par­ents, when they were just chil­dren, in the hope of a bet­ter life in Canada. 


Every year in Canada, over 400 children arrive alone at the border to seek asylum. Scared for their lives, Afshin, Alain and Patricia left their home countries without their parents. All three of them set off on a difficult journey that led them to Canada, after months of uncertainty: Afshin left Iran 35 years ago, Alain fled Burundi 15 years ago and Patricia ran away from Uganda in 2019.

Mixing real-life footage and animated sequences, Alone is a tribute to hope: how can a child manage to reinvent himself in a new country, after having left everything behind, even his parents?

Theme(s) : , Human Rights, Migration, Racism


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Paul Tom


Paul Tom (Bagages, Un pays de silence) is a film­mak­er spe­cial­iz­ing in ani­mat­ed and doc­u­men­tary films. He his also a pro­fes­sion­al edi­tor, cre­ator of muse­um exhi­bi­tion videos and instruc­tor for cul­tur­al medi­a­tion projects with­in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties. Born in a Thai refugee camp of Cam­bo­di­an par­ents, he his par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in explor­ing themes relat­ed to the con­struc­tion of self-iden­ti­ty, fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships and the use of silence as a means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. His short films have been select­ed in over forty inter­na­tion­al festivals.


Director | , Paul Tom
Year | , 2021
Country | , Québec
Duration | 82 minutes
Original language | , French
Subtitles | , French
Formats |
Image | Alex Margineanu, Paul Tom
Sound | Marc-André Labonté, Pierre Yves Drapeau
Editing | Alain Loiselle, Paul Tom
Production | Karine Dubois, Marie-Pierre Corriveau
Distribution | Cindy Labranche


Calgary International Film Festival · Festival international du film francophone en Acadie · Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal · Toronto Black Film Festival · Halifax Black Film Festival · Festival du cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke




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