90min | 2016 | Canada
Director: Director Min Sook Lee
Film Screening & Panel
Date: November 26, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings)
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), Migrant Dreams 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.
The film screening will be followed by a lively panel discussion and Q & A with local organizers and community activists Gil Aguilar (Fuerza Migrante), Jeanne Robert (Migrant Workers Centre BC), and Sepideh Yadegar (Access to Media Education Society).
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