One week ago, we began previewed A New Leaf
across the country. Within the span of seven days, our documentary was screened in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria. It was a grueling tour for myself and our travelling team from Development and Peace
. We were joined by Fr. Isidore Ouedraogo from Caritas Burkina Faso, who got to experience many variations of the Canadian winter.
S+L has screened its documentaries before — namely, the Across the Divide
Tour last year, followed by the premiere of In Her Footsteps
in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. What was unique about the A New Leaf Tour is that the audience in each city largely consisted of active members of Development and Peace. This was the same grassroots network of organizers and volunteers, representing hundreds of parishes, who raised two million dollars for the Sahel Emergency Appeal. While “A New Leaf” was filmed in Niger, it is equally about the generosity of Canadians. The subject and the audience were one and the same.
Now the rest of the country gets to see A New Leaf
for the first time. The documentary airs on S+L tonight at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT and again at 1:00 am ET / 10:00 pm PT. It repeats this Sunday at those same times. The French version of A New Leaf, titled Nouvelle Pousse, debuts this Saturday at 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT and again at 11:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm PT.