This Is Not a Passport Photo


    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.

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    This Is Not a Passport Photo

    • Alberta
    • Length: 10 min. 29 sec.
    • Director: Stephanie Simpson
    • Actors: Basel Abou Hamrah, Laila Maaen, Mansour Al-Mahamid, Marwa Al-Mahamid, Zeyad Al-Mahamid, Ekhlas Al-Mahamid, Muhanad Al-Mahamid
    • Genre: Biographical
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    Follow along as I create photographic portraits for refugees in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: All Audiences
    Target Length: 10 minutes
    Budget: $10,000

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    Stephanie Simpson ,  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.


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    I'll be working with a small and talented team of videographers and photographers to make this happen!


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