Welcome to Canada on National Canadian Film Day

This year’s Welcome to Canada screening will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a screening of the inspiring documentary You Are Here: A Come From Away Story and a live Q&A with the film’s director, Moze Mossanen. Presented by REEL CANADA and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, this is a FREE online event, and is specially curated for new Canadians and English-language learners to celebrate National Canadian Film Day.

You can stream this film for 48 hours, beginning at 7 AM EDT on Wed. April 21

When: Watch the film at 7 PM EDT and join the live Q&A at 8:30 p.m. EDT on April 21 (see below for times in your region).

Can’t watch live? The film will be available to stream for 48 hours beginning on April 21.

Live Q&A with
Director Moze Mossanen. Moderated by Ali Hassan.

About the Film

You Are Here: A Come From Away Story tells the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland, who unexpectedly became hosts to nearly 6,600 people when nearly 40 planes were rerouted and grounded there following the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. Incorporating archival footage from the event, as well as interviews from a selection of airline passengers and residents of the town, this documentary tells the emotional and inspirational story that inspired the smash-hit musical, Come From Away. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this film remains a remarkable and touching story about the importance of unity and compassion in the face of tragedy.


Moze Mossanen

Moze Mossanen is a director, writer and producer who has created a body of popular and critically acclaimed work that have included a unique blend of drama, documentary, music and performance. These films “Year of the Lion” (winner of three Gemini Awards and the Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film Festival); “Roxana” (winner of two Golden Sheaf awards, the CSC Award for Cinematography and two Gemini Awards); and “Nureyev” (winner of the Golden Sheaf Award and two Gemini awards, including one for Best Direction for Moze). His 2013 doc, “Unsung,” won the Canadian Screen Award in 2015.  CBC aired his 2018 feature doc, “My Piece of the City”, in September 2018.  His most recent feature doc, “You Are Here”, was released on HBO Canada in September 2018. The film won the Audience Award at CineFest in October 2018 and two CSA Awards including Best Documentary in March 2019.

Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan is a Stand-up Comic, Actor and CBC Radio personality as the host of CBC’s hit stand-up comedy show Laugh Out Loud, a frequent guest-host on CBC Radio’s q and As It Happens, and the host of Canada Reads.

He has toured Canada with his solo comedy show Muslim Interrupted, and the 2019 Just for Laughs’ cross-country tour, hosted by Rick Mercer.  Ali has recently appeared in the films MySpyMafia Inc, and Tammy’s Always Dying, which premiered at TIFF 2019.