As an immigrant to Canada, Abdul Bari Jamal’s longing for his homeland of Afghanistan is a constant theme in his life. Now living in Toronto, Canada, he never thought he would find a piece of his former home right here in Canada’s heartland. Delighted by his discovery, he decided to buy every member of his family a plot of land in the dwindling farming community of Kandahar, Saskatchewan.
The documentary "A Kandahar Away", by Abdul's daughter Aisha Jamal, follows the Jamal family – all born in Kandahar, Afghanistan – on their first family trip to see the land. The documentary captures the interaction of the Jamal family and their urban, immigrant perspective with that of the rural population of Saskatchewan and ultimately paints a varying portrait of what it means to be Canadian.
When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11. Through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter her investigation became the documentary "The Feeling of Being Watched".
MuslimLink.ca's Editor in Chief Chelby Marie Daigle facilitated the panel discussion on September 17 with Amnesty International Canada's Secretary General Alex Neve and Paul Champ, the lawyer for Abousfian Abdelrazik.