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.

When: Watch the film at 7:00 p.m. 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 72 hours, starting first thing on April 20-22.

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 began his career as founder of the Theatre One theatre company in Toronto and has made several arts documentaries, including Dance for Modern Times, Romeos & Juliets, Unsung: Behind the Glee, and Sweet Daddy Siki. He is currently working on My Piece of the City, a documentary about the revitalization of Toronto’s Regent Park neighborhood.

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.