In this short documentary, follow Canadian photographer, Stephanie Simpson, as she takes family photos for resettled refugees. Meet the families, see their photo sessions, and find out what new photographs, and a new home in Canada, mean to them.
Follow along as I create photographic portraits for refugees in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.
Here in Canada, it's common to have boxes and albums full of images documenting the important moments and people in our lives. But for individuals fleeing their homes, their photographs are often lost or left behind. This Is Not a Passport Photo is a short documentary about creating portraits for refugees who have recently arrived in Canada, to give them images that capture a new chapter in their lives and to help them start filling new photo albums. Come meet some of the newest Canadians-in-the-making and learn what Canada, and photographs, mean to them.
This is a film for photographers. I’ll explore how personal photos can shape our ideas of family, home, and personal history. Anyone interested in learning more about the power of photography will want to follow along!
This is also a film for refugees. My hope is to share stories that resonate with refugees living across Canada, and provide refugees who haven’t yet arrived in Canada with a glimpse of what the country might hold for them.
Finally, this is a film for all Canadians. As open and welcoming people, Canadians will be excited to learn more about the refugees who are making their new homes here in Canada.
I'll start building an audience for the project early, using dedicated social media accounts where I'll share regular behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and stories. I’ll host the final film and portrait series on a dedicated website, to allow viewers to easily immerse themselves in, and share, the project results.
To build a wider audience, I’ll pitch the completed film and portrait series to traditional media outlets – like newspapers, digital and print magazines, and TV news stations – across Canada and the United States.
To celebrate the completion of the project, I’ll host a photo exhibit and film screening at a venue in Edmonton. The event will be open to participants and the wider community, to allow a larger audience to enjoy the results of the project and to encourage them to make new connections. Imagine one part gallery event, one part movie night, and one part party!