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The Immigration Playlist provides students with an unique glimpse into the personal realities of refugees and undocumented immigrants around the world. These individuals have been separated from their homes and loved ones, narrowly escaped the horrors of war and violence, encounter discrimination, and often reside in poor living conditions as they await the opportunity to find peace and happiness once again. Despite facing overwhelming adversities, these citizens are determined to do everything in their power to survive and remain optimistic.

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SIMA Classroom Welcome To Canada


This short film tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada after fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime. While rebuilding his life in Vancouver, he assists newly-arrived Syrian refugee families with resettlement, finding new homes and new beginnings.

Directors: Adam Loften & Mary Fowles
Producer: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

2016 | 20 min
Languages: English and Arabic
Subtitles: English


A documentary short about a family divided by the US/Mexico border. Abril is living undocumented in the United States with her 2-year-old son Julian. Julian’s father was stopped by police for a minor traffic incident and was deported back to Mexico. In order to see each other, Uriel, Abril and Julian must cross difficult terrain to reach the border fence where they spend time together through the wall.

Director: Tim Nackashi
Producers: Chelo Alvarez-Stehle & Tim Nackashi

2016 | 6 min
USA & Mexico
Languages: English, Spanish

Immigration Playlist - SIMA Classroom Through The Wall


Transit Zone is an authentic insight into the life of a refugee in the jungle of Calais in Northern France. Teefa has fled Sudan with the dream to start a new life in the UK, but sneaking onto a truck to cross the border is difficult and the harsh conditions of the camp are taking its toll. Teefa begins to question the greatness of Britain and looks for other options instead.

Director & Producer: Frederik Subei

2015 | 32 min
Languages: English, Arabic
Subtitles: English


“ROUTES” recounts the daily realities of refugees upon their arrival in Europe through interviews recorded in the autumn of 2015. The route between the Isle of Lesbos (Greece) and the Macedonian border with Serbia remains one of the most common routes for refugees to travel to northern Europe. Anonymous people share their journey and motivation for traveling to Europe.

Director: Cristian P. Coll
Producer: Es Far Cultural

2016 | 32 min
Greece, Fyrom, Serbia
Languages: English Arabic, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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SUGGESTED LESSON PLAN: The Writer: Exposition

Here, students will write and present an essay or research paper inspired by the message/social issue of a SIMA film. Writing is an essential skill, and this engagement model will provide students with the opportunity to expand their writing and research skills as they critically evaluate the chosen film. Students are paired into groups to discuss what they’ve watched and analyze the film’s message, and then put together 5 discussion questions. Next, they are tasked with swapping discussion questions with the another group and co-authoring the answers. Finally, students go on to write their papers and present their findings to their peers.


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