No-Fly List Kids' is a short documentary exploring the issues of national security through the lived experiences of several children who are on Canada’s No-Fly List, while highlighting the advocacy surrounding the campaign for amendments to Canada Secure Air Travel Act. The advocacy was successful in that it did result in legislative changes to SATA and an $81.4m commitment by the government to redesign the No Fly List system.
The film will be a tool for education and advocacy that will inform effective community mobilization and systemic change by marginalized communities. The goal is to submit the film to notable film festivals and have it screen to a wider audience. Additionally, the film will be used as a tool for education and advocacy in schools, community centres, political spaces and more.
This project provides an important documentation of the campaign to end Canada's No-Fly List and the families and children impacted by regressive government legislation. By having each family tell us their experiences, we are able to see how the Passenger Protect Program (the official name for No-Fly List) is skewed towards Muslim and Arab sounding names such as Adam Ahmed and Alia Mohamed. This in turn, highlights how there is a dire need to push for more public policy that centres the most vulnerable communities. Through the stories shared by these families we are able to trace the impact of collective action.
While the film plays in the festival circuit, I will be screening it at schools, community centres, political functions, etc. alongside some of the families affected. This will push for government policy reform.
If you believe in this cause and want to help see this film to completion, please donate and/or share. Together, we can make a huge impact.
To see the footage I've been compiling throughout this year, please visit this link to watch the teaser: https://vimeo.com/358532931/2d294081af