Time: February 16, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Maple Ridge City Hall, Council Chambers
Street: 11995 Haney Pl
City/Town: Maple Ridge
Phone: 604 466-3144
Event Type: cinema, politica, ridge, meadows, documentary, film
Organized By: Oosha Ramsoondar
Latest Activity: Feb 11, 2017
“Migrant Dreams” is a powerful documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee, it tells the under told story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Between 2006 and 2014, more than half a million workers were brought into Canada under this program. Due to its flawed nature, these workers are often vulnerable to a host of abuses: unpaid wages, unsafe working conditions, exploitation and extortion. Migrant Dreams delves deeply into the lives of those individuals who are brave enough to challenge the system, often risking their own livelihoods to do so.
This documentary 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.
MIN SOOK LEE: “Workers are brought in to Canada and they're tied to one employer. They have no labour mobility and very little social mobility. Often times workers don't speak English, they're isolated, and the time they're in Canada to work here and live here their movements and activities are highly managed and controlled by the boss.”
Guest Speakers: To Be Announced
Facebook event page: https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/ridgemeadows/migrant-dreams