93 min., Documentary, Québec, Canada, 2023
Directed byÉmilie B. Guérette & Peggy Nkunga Ndona
Produced byColonelle films - Justine Chevarie-Cossette, Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering
LanguagesFrench, Lingala
Short descriptionHaving fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Peggy, Simon and their children seek political asylum in Canada after a dangerous migration route. The film delves in the daily life of the family over one year, as they go through the complex legal maze of claiming asylum.

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Cinéma du Musée — Montréal

Theatrical release

Friday, 26 May 2023
Cinéma Public — Montréal

Theatrical release

Friday, 26 May 2023
Cinémathèque québécoise — Montréal

Theatrical release

Friday, 26 May 2023

Panel discussion on June 4 in collaboration with AQAADI

Cinéma Le Clap - Ste-Foy — Québec

Theatrical release

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Film details


After crossing 11 countries irregularly to seek asylum in Canada, Peggy, Simon and their three children are waiting for the hearing that will determine whether they get refugee status or not. Having fled political repression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the family tries to rebuild a peaceful life in Montreal, in spite of the constant threat of deportation. Between ghosts from the past, hopes for the future and a complex legal maze, the film delves into the struggle of the Nkunga Mbala family to remain in Canada. Offering unprecedented access to their hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board, the film unveils the opaque process of claiming asylum in Canada.



Script writer : Émilie Beaulieu-Guérette

Cinematography : Glauco Bermudez, Etienne Roussy

Art design : Nathalie Dubé

Editing : Ariane Pétel-Despots, Natacha Dufaux

Sound design : Marie-Pierre Grenier

Sound mix : Bruno Bélanger

Music : Daniel Baillargeon

Sound : René Portillo, Juan Fernandez


Émilie B. Guérette

A nomadic filmmaker, Émilie B. Guérette has her roots in Quebec and her heart in Brazil. After studying Anthropology (Master EHESS/Paris) and Documentary filmmaking (INIS/Montreal), she chose documentary cinema as a weapon against injustice and as a love declaration towards the excluded of this world. Her first feature film The Other Rio, awarded in many festivals, delves in the daily life of the forgotten people of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Her work seeks to shed light on marginalized populations and narratives. Combining social engagement and formal poetry, her sensitive and sensory approach aims at building bridges between human beings. The Hearing, co-directed with Peggy Nkunga Ndona, is his second feature documentary.




The Hearing (2023 / 93 min)

The Other Rio (2017 / 88 min)

Maritime Voices (web serie) (2016 / 20 x 4 min)

Waiting for Oktay (2012 / 11 min)

Old Orchard Blues (2012 / 4 min)

Peggy Nkunga Ndona

Peggy Nkunga Ndona comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she was an actress and freelance journalist before having to leave her country. After her graduate studies in Social Communication at the University of Kinshasa, she worked with the NGO Search for Common Ground and acted in fiction television series, including L’Équipe. She was part of the theater company Les Béjarts and co-founded the company Mwikka Théâtre (Kinshasa). Since 2018, Peggy has been living in Montreal with her family and working as a daycare educator. In The Hearing, her first documentary film, she shares her own story as an asylum seeker in Canada. Spreading joy and good humor is her life mission.




The Hearing (2023 / 93 min)