Film: The Least We Can Do

One World Refugee Film Festival Premiere: The Least We Can Do

WRMC Chair Lloyd Axworthy will speak immediately following The Least We Can Do film premiere. Be sure to stay for the “The Clock is Ticking: The Urgent Situation Unfolding for the Yazidi“ panel discussion.

WHEN: Film premiere December 12, 2020  3 pm PST, 6 pm EST | Canada-wide 

THE LEAST WE CAN DO examines Canada’s response to the Yazidi genocide by ISIS and the struggle of a small group of women to obtain comprehensive trauma care for the 1,200 Yazidi women and girls who were brought to Canada as refugees. The film features Adiba, a Yazidi survivor, Reverend Majed El Shafie of One Free World International, and Canadian MP Jenny Kwan.

Post-film discussion at 4 pm PST/ 7 pm EST featuring: 

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council

Rev. Majed El Shafie, founder One Free World International

Dr. Leora Kuttner, Clinical Psychologist and expert on pediatric pain management
Yazidi survivor of a previous genocide

Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, Psychologist and leading world expert on Yazidi trauma care

The Honourable Mobina Jaffer, QC, international advocate for protection of women and girls in war

TICKETS:  $10 available here:

The Least We Can Do will be screened online in Ottawa’s One World Refugee Film Festival in the aptly named “Canadians speaking out for refugees” program. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A: “The Clock is Ticking: The Urgent Situation Unfolding for the Yazidi“. Panelists will bring forward news and insights on the state of the refugee camps and the crisis unfolding in Sinjar, the Yazidi homeland destroyed by ISIS.

Selected as the sole entry for the “Canadians speaking out for refugees” program, director Moira Simpson’s labour of love follows the story of a small group of women fighting for comprehensive trauma care for Yazidi women and girls in Canada. They embark on a petition campaign to urge the Canadian government to follow through on their initial promise to the Yazidi refugees. The Least We Can Do is a story about genocide, religious persecution, misogyny and enslavement, and finding ways to speak the unspeakable. 

For more information about The Least We Can Do and to view the trailer,; includes downloadable press materials; Distribution by Moving Images Distribution.


  • Lloyd Axworthy

    The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy is the chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council and one of Canada’s leading voices on global migration and refugee protection. After a 27-year political career, where he served as Canada’s minister of Foreign Affairs and minister of Employment and Immigration, among other postings, Mr. Axworthy has continued to work extensively on human security, refugee protection and human rights in Canada and abroad. He was presented with the Pearson Peace Medal by the Governor General of Canada in May 2017 and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. In his term as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, Mr. Axworthy initiated innovative programs for migrant and aboriginal youth communities, and has also done a great deal of work on refugee reform as a Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at Germany’s Robert Bosch Academy.