Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, in partnership with the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, created a documentary about immigration in our community, titled A Place to Call Home. Shot and produced by award-winning Canadian filmmakers Tess Girard and Ryan Noth, the documentary tells the story of New Canadians attending Loyola School of Adult & Continuing Education as they make their new life in Canada.
Viewing link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URSyJ4_dShI
Purpose of Projects
Effectiveness of Meeting Objectives
Challenges & Changes Made
1) The Loyola College is part of the Algonquin-Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and many of the New Canadians studying there came from conflict situations where they had previously lived. Some of them could not be featured on camera out of fear they could be found online and tracked down. Therefore, obtaining permissions was a difficult challenge. There were multiple scenes that had to be cut, including one that was in the final draft of the film. We had to re-assess the storyline and make changes, but ultimately we were still able to come out with a strong final product
2) The premiere of the documentary in Belleville was the weekend before Ontario went on high alert for COVID-19 in March. Therefore, our further screening plans have been severely interrupted. Our original plan was to screen the film at festivals and link in with the federal and provincial immigration ministries. Unfortunately, these plans are on hold for now. However, we recently posted the video to YouTube and are making plans to distribute it online from there.