My Leopard Shoes

Farah Montadher


As a child in Iraq, Farah Montadher must dance behind her closed bedroom door. It is only one of the restrictions she faces: no dancing, no bike-riding, no outings with friends. A visit to her sister in America is a revelation. She decides to claim refugee status in Canada and embraces a freedom she relishes. Shod in leopard-patterned shoes, she rediscovers the pleasures of dancing, this time without having to hide.

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