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Passage to Freedom – Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A black and white photograph on a red background of a group of refugees on a small boat in the water. Text along the top reads, "Passage to Freedom / Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion".

Manitoba Museum Auditorium

(Audience: Adult)


Please join us Friday, March 1 at 7:00 pm for a screening of the documentary Passage to Freedom which shares the emotional and impactful stories of Southeast Asian refugees who came to Canada between 1975 and 1985, and the stories of those who assisted them. This documentary is part of the pop-up exhibition Hearts of Freedom: Stories of Southeast Asian Refugees which is on display in the Festival Hall until April 7, 2024. Visit Hearts of Freedom for free on March 1 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, before or after this special program. Click here for more details on this exhibit.


The evening will begin with opening remarks by Senator Marilou McPhedran, followed by a screening of Passage to Freedom. A panel discussion and question and answer session will follow.  


  • Sheila Petzold – Passage to Freedom producer 
  • Stephanie Phetsamay Stobbe – Hearts of Freedom researcher, former Lao refugee 
  • Mondy Lim – Hearts of Freedom website and digital exhibit designer, former Cambodian refugee 
  • Tam Nguyen – Hearts of Freedom interviewee, former Vietnamese refugee 
  • John Wieler – Hearts of Freedom interviewee, former MCC Canada  

*Please be advised that this film addresses topics which could be disturbing to some visitors, or may trigger painful memories.


Space is limited.

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About the Film

Passage to Freedom features the powerful oral histories of Southeast Asian refugees who made dangerous journeys from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to Canada between 1975 and 1985. The film weaves archival clips of news stories, wartime footage, and interviews with former refugees and Canadian immigration officials. It delves into refugees’ integration into the fabric of Canadian life and highlights the contributions of the first generation and their descendants.



This event is part of our monthly First Friday programming. Join us on the First Friday of every month from 4 pm to 9 pm for free general admission to our three core attractions – the Museum Galleries, Planetarium, and Science Gallery, no ticket required.   


March 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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