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A Canadian film examines the lives of Moroccan immigrants in Canada, between hopes and disillusions


The film “Breathe”, directed by Turkish Canadian Onur Karaman, tells the story of a Moroccan family who left Morocco to settle in Canada. Or how the brain drain from Morocco results in a life of disillusionment.

This is the story of Atif, a Moroccan father who, in his forties, decides to leave Morocco for Quebec with his wife and their 14-year-old son Fouad, a football enthusiast. But when he arrived there, he, who was a state engineer in Morocco with good living conditions, found himself forced to work in a restaurant.

Moroccan actor Mohamed Marouazi, who plays Atif, describes his character’s mood for Le360. “He decided to immigrate to Quebec to give his family a better future and a better quality of life. But when he arrives, he is frustrated by the professional reception he receives. ” And for good reason, unable to find a job as an engineer, he is forced to work in a restaurant, which he hates. “He is a very proud man with good intentions. He who was so respected in Morocco now sees himself at the bottom of the ladder in Quebec, ”explains Mohamed Marouazi.

Breathe broadly tells the story of immigrants who come to Canada with the hope of a better future. “Every person who aspires to come here to practice the profession he practiced in his country is wrong. It’s impossible to be an engineer or a doctor in Morocco and find the same job here, ”explains Le360 the actor who recognizes himself somewhat in the character he plays.

Indeed, he continues, “although Canada suffers from a terrible lack of skills in the medical sector, for example, it is common to see foreign surgeons driving an Uber, for lack of being able to have their diplomas recognized and to practice their skills. real job ”. The Canadian experience is at stake … This is the price to pay for those who seek in this new life “a certain peace, security, access to education,” explains Mohamed Marouazi.

This film is therefore addressed to immigrants of all origins in order to lift the veil on the illusions they harbor about an idealized elsewhere, but also to Canadians in order to make them aware of the skills that are wasted.

Another objective of this film, to question Canadian society on the question of this youth, resulting from immigration, torn between the discomfort of parents who do not manage to integrate and the social, racial and economic inequalities to which they make. face.

“What are we preparing as a future generation for Canada?”. This is one of the questions raised by this film, like a warning against the gulf that has already been created between communities, due to a lack of communication, and which is currently filled by hatred and fear of the other.

Respire, this awareness-raising film, received production assistance from the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) in the amount of $2.5 million.

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