everybody's children

2008 documentary

Directed by Monika Delmos
Produced by Anita Lee

  • Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, 2009

  • UNHCR Refugee Film Festival, 2009

  • Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, 2008

  • Salt Spring Film Festival, 2009



A year in the life of two teenage refugees, Joyce and Sallieu, who have left their own countries to make a new life in Ontario. Joyce, 17, left the Democratic Republic of Congo to avoid being forced into prostitution by her family. Sallieu, 16, had witnessed the murder of his mother as a young boy in wartorn Sierra Leone. Delmos follows them as they bear the normal pressures of being a teenager while simultaneously undergoing the refugee application process. She shows how the guidance and support of a handful of people make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of these children.