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Bridging the Gap


Nina Sudra


Nina Sudra Dr. Rahat Zaidi Steve Mason


Children Diversity Education Immigration Racism Refugee Youth
  • Release Date 2023
  • Running Time 24 minutes
  • Closed Captions No
  • Availability Canada, USA, Europe, Australia

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The current unsettled global political climate around immigration has resulted in an unprecedented number of newcomers seeking asylum, with nearly half of these newcomers being school-aged children. Host countries have become responsible for providing educational programming, and language lessons, and developing strategies for bolstering these children’s physical and mental well-being. Consequently, a dire demand has been created for increased research on the optimal ways to integrate newcomer families into mainstream society while simultaneously recognizing and addressing their unique backgrounds and challenges. For most families, particularly the children, schools are the initial and main point of contact during the first few critical years of transition.

Bridging the Gap tells the stories of newcomers through a strengths-based, resilient lens that highlights the depth of these families’ investment in both their future and in their children’s education. This is often cited as the driving force behind the difficult choices and sacrifices these families have to make to come to Canada.

The specific objectives of the documentary are:

To provide a professional development resource for school boards, individual teachers, researchers, and teacher education programs to use when exploring newcomer families’ successful integration into and collaboration with the school system;

To incorporate an autonomous, first-person account of the refugee experience and parents’ role as active agents in their children’s education;

To foster productive and positive relationships between resettled families and school/university partners;

To examine mental health and well-being through film and image work.

Learn more from this > resource guide 

Director: Nina Sudra
Producer: Nina Sudra, Dr. Rahat Zaidi, Steve Mason

Filmmaker Biography

Nina Sudra is South Asian Canadian filmmaker working in the industry for over 25 years. She is committed to creating dialogue about social issues revolving around the multicultural experience. She has embraced her passion of filmmaking and storytelling as a powerful tool to build bridges between people of different ages and cultures. Nina has developed and created films through the National Screen Institute and the National Film Board of Canada. Her films have travelled the globe, been broadcast internationally and touched many lives. These works have encouraged conversations between a varied spectrum of people; from children in impoverished villages to graduate students in universities. Nina’s films have received national and international accolades and have won several awards.

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