This year, without a doubt, my big TV crush is going into the series Native Immigrants. Moving and inspiring. Throughout the episodes, the amazing animator Raed Hammoud introduces us to immigrants who have decided to settle in the regions forever.
They are the “native immigrants”. What a wonderful expression! In fact, it perfectly reflects her bold decision to ignore the Montreal sirens.
Instead, they have decided to connect their own original roots with those that are brand new – family, friendly and professional – from now on will grow “in the region”.
Her life journeys are unforgettable lessons of courage, imagination and love. Because one should never underestimate the immense effort and the many bereavements that the mere decision to leave home for an unknown country can require.
Each story evokes admiration and gratitude to see them so determined to become full-fledged Quebecers. Quebecers by adoption, heart and mind.
Not to mention the meeting of local residents who welcome them. Sometimes with minor aches and pains, but much more often with arms and thoughts wide open.
These new Quebecers work hard. Those who don’t know French yet can learn it little by little during this irresistible immersion in the region. And they do so while valuing their native culture and language. These are wonderfully fruitful cross-cultural marriages for the future.
We discover, among others, Edem Amegbo. He comes from Togo and became a farmer in Estrie. In Rimouski, Singaporean artist Lisan D. Chng creates her magnificent mosaics to encourage rapprochement and exchange.
In Sainte-Martine, Paul Akpa Barnabé, of Ivorian origin, became abbot for three parishes there. Active like no other in the community, the man impresses, believe me.
In Sainte-Thècle, Dora Maria Caro Rios, who came from Acapulco after falling in love with a Quebecer, opened a Mexican restaurant beaming with happiness.
In Percé, Jean-François Kacou, from the Ivory Coast, who was loved by everyone, was appointed general manager of the city. In Lebel-sur-Quévillon, the Tunisian-born electrician Salah Ben Hassouna also became the organizer of Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
In Piopolis one cannot resist the touching story of Spomenka Adzic. After fleeing the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina with her husband and children, she bought the general store in her new village, of which she is now an essential link.
Get off the beaten track
watch Native Immigrants, is to get off the beaten path of our silent certainties. It’s heading out of Montreal — which many longtime residents have left for areas hit by the pandemic.
It discovers new Quebecers who madly love their village and their fellow citizens. It is a privileged witness to the happy crossroads of Québec people, all roots united.
In this, Native Immigrants is part of the fertile line of teleserials hold saloon by Sophie Fouron, who I told you about here last year, how nice that I’m thinking of her too.
You can also watch the two series on the TV5 Unis website: www.tv5unis.ca
You will not regret it…