Min Sook Lee, still from Migrant Dreams, 2016, colour video, sound, 88 min. Courtesy of Cinema Politica.
About the Exhibition
MacKenzie Art Gallery
A powerful feature documentary bymultiple award-winning directorMin Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown,Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winningproducer Lisa Valencia-Svensson(Herman’s House) tells the undertoldstory of migrant agricultural workersstruggling against Canada’s TemporaryForeign Worker Program (TFWP)which treats foreign workers asmodern-day indentured labourers.Under the rules of Canada’s migrantlabour program, low-wage migrants aretied to one employer.
Migrant Dreams exposes the underbellyof alabourprogram that has built a systemdesigned to empower brokers andgrowers to exploit, dehumanize, anddeceive migrant workers. Theseworkers pay exorbitant fees to work atminimum wage jobs packing the fruitsand vegetables we eat in our homes,while they have virtually no access tosupport or information in their ownlanguage. These migrant workers deserve basic labour and human rights;Canada, it seems, has failed them.
Presented in conjunction with Human Capital, on display in the RHW, Hill & Rawlinson Galleries.