FLIGHT AND FREEDOM: Stories of Escape to Canada

Text by Ratna Omidvar and Dana Wagner. With photos by Christopher Manson, Ryan Walker, & JC Pinheiro

2015 | Softback | 288pp
Published: BETWEEN THE LINES, Toronto
Format: Paperback
Number of Pictures: 30 b&w (12 by Christopher Manson)

Statement: The global number of people currently displaced from their home country—more than 50 million—is higher than at any time since World War II. Yet in recent years Canada has deported, denied, and diverted countless refugees. Is Canada a safe haven for refugees or a closed door? Funded by Maytree Foundation, a private non-for-profit organization committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada, Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada is a series of portraits and interviews with refugees living in Canada. Each portrait is accompanied by a story that begins with an escape that is sometimes harrowing and always remarkable. The narrative then turns to contemporary lives and careers, and the impact of refugees-turned-Canadians in the communities they call home, from Halifax to Vancouver and Toronto. Stories focus on Canadians who arrived as refugees from notable conflicts around the world, from the War of 1812 to the ongoing War in Afghanistan. Beyond conflict zones, other stories profile people from persecuted groups like gay men and women.


Special edition with signed print available directly from artist: mansonphotography@gmail.com

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