Screening of the documentary The Cost of Freedom

The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada

The latest film from award-winning Canadian filmmaker, historian, and journalist James Cullingham (Searching For Blind For Death) focuses on the lives of three journalists - Abdulrahman Matar from Syria, Luis Nájera of México and Arzu Yildiz from Turkey - exploring the reasons that each person fled their country, and how and why they chose to rebuild their lives as refugees in Canada. All three journalists’ stories illuminate the global struggle for free speech in a time of increasing threat to journalism. For those reporting about authoritarian regimes or organized crime, this can include the threat of violence, death, as well as various forms of intimidation. Cullingham’s documentary is a timely, impactful film incorporating intimate, personal stories of remarkable bravery and sacrifice, while also addressing the incredible challenges that face many journalists worldwide.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with film director James Cullingham and featured refugee journalist Luis Horacio Nájera.


HRREC is pleased to be a partner of the project

Voices: Activists-in-Exile. Agents of Change.

Voices in Exile was created by Associate Professor Nadia Abu-Zahra, Joint Chair in Women's Studies - University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and Neuberger-Jesin Professor John Packer, HRREC Director.It supports activists in exile who are trying to make the home they left a better place. Those voices are important for the perspectives they offer and for the ideas they generate. Voices in Exile will provide platforms for those who would otherwise not be heard, in situations of violent conflict.

Free and open to all.

Registration required to attend.
Number of seats limited.

Date and time
Sep 28, 2022
All day
Format and location
Alex-Trebek Alumni Hall (157 Séraphin-Marion Private)
Event in English.