ONE takes you on a personal journey from escaping the politics of Iran, to making a home in France, shifting yet again to first English Canada then French Canada, and ultimately reconnecting with, and this time fully understanding, one’s homeland once again.
Wherever he goes, no matter how long he stays or how many languages he masters, he is always from somewhere else: an outsider, an immigrant.
Soleymanlou humanizes the reality of what it is like to be forever trapped in the stereotype of the immigrant. He blends universal content, references well renowned events, and puts a personal spin on this difficult experience, infusing it with humour resulting in an intimacy that catches you unawares.
Soleymanlou juxtaposes his personal life history and what shaped his childhood, with the history of youth living in Iran today and what it means to truly be Iranian.
His journey is one most Canadians can relate to on some level. ONE not only examines identity, but for Canada, a nation of immigrants, acceptance.
What makes us who we are? How do we define our nationality? How do we define ourselves? With ONE, the personal becomes the universal. How do we embrace those who came before us, and those who will follow us as our nations grow?
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