The Department of Communication, Media and Film and the University of Calgary Film Society Present

migrant dreams

Migrant Dreams (2016)

When and Where: 

Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library


About the Film:

A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Under the rules of Canada’s migrant labour program, low wage migrants are tied to one employer.

Migrant Dreams exposes the underbelly of the Canadian government labour program that has built a system designed to empower brokers and growers to exploit, dehumanize and deceive migrant workers who have virtually no access to support or information in their own language. Workers willing to pay exorbitant fees to work at minimum wage jobs packing the fruits and vegetables we eat in our homes. Migrant workers who deserve basic labour and human rights. Canada it seems, has failed them.

“Migrant Dreams” exposes the underbelly of the Canadian government labour program that has built a system designed to empower brokers and growers to exploit, dehumanize and deceive migrant workers who have virtually no access to support or information in their own language. Workers willing to pay exorbitant fees to work at minimum wage jobs packing the fruits and vegetables we eat in our homes. Migrant workers who deserve basic labour and human rights. Canada it seems, has failed them.
 
“Lee’s doc goes beyond the headlines and immerses us in the daily lives of several migrants. Their courage to speak out against a system that denied them any chance of achieving their dreams is moving beyond words.” – HotDocs 2016 Review
 
“What all the migrants have in common is that they’re trapped in a system where a living wage is an ever-elusive dream, and where to complain is to risk being sent back home. All too tellingly, greenhouse operators and Canadian federal government officials are among those who refused to be interviewed for the film.” – Doxa 2016 Review
 
“It’s about what life is like for those caught in the web of deceitful immigration brokers. The focus is on two Indonesian women caught in Canada’s migrant worker program.” – Northern Stars
 
“Migrant Dreams operates in the classic model of activist documentary filmmaking, using film as a tool to shed light on uncomfortable truths and present them to audiences as a force for change.” – POV Magazine Review

A Film by Min Sook Lee

See more at Migrant Dreams website

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

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