Explores one family’s transition from post war immigration to second generation Canadian pride, while exploring the connections between Ireland’s history of emigration waves and Canada’s reputation for welcoming the world.
What is Canadian identity? And how do the children of immigrants relate to the country they were born in, often thousands of miles from the place their parents and ancestor would call home?
Peter Keleghan is a renowned actor and uber-patriotic first generation Canadian who unabashedly claims that Canada is the greatest country on earth. His mother, Rita, and father, Stan, immigrants from Ireland and Poland respectively, have more complex relationships to their adoptive homeland, and the homes they left behind. In her heart, Rita never really left Ireland, retaining her strong Irish accent and even her passport. Stan, on the other hand, escaped persecution in Poland long ago and has never looked back.
Drawing on historical footage, super 8 home movies and intimate interviews, Once An Immigrant traces one family’s transition from post war immigration to second generation Canadian pride, while exploring the connections between Irelands history of emigration waves and Canada’s reputation for welcoming the world.
Run time: 44 Minutes; 2017 Canada
Higher Education DVD + PPR, Higher Education DVD + PPR + Streaming License, K-12 and Nonprofit Groups DVD + PPR
Award winning Markham Street Films Inc., based in Toronto Canada, specializes in documentary and narrative features and series films. Partners Judy Holm and Michael McNamara produce provocative yet humorous documentaries about social issues, the body and culture & entertainment. McNamara is a Gemini Award winning director, writer and editor while partner Judy Holm is a Gemini Award winning producer.