Announce Daring to Dream of Justice, a five-stop Quebec

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May 30, 2017, Montreal – Only months after a dozen migrant workers from Guatemala were arrested by immigration officers in a job placement agency in Victoriaville, the Temporary Foreign Workers Association (TFWA) and Cinema Politica announce Daring to Dream of Justice, a five-stop Quebec tour of acclaimed filmmaker Min Sook Lee’s documentary MIGRANT DREAMS.

MIGRANT DREAMS is a powerful feature documentary that exposes the under-told story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), where foreign workers are treated as modern-day indentured labourers. The film follows the fight of a group of Indonesian women working in Leamington, ON.

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“We hope that the tour is able to raise awareness about the exploitive conditions faced by temporary migrant workers employed on Québec farms. Min Sook Lee’s MIGRANT DREAMS provides a critical perspective of our labour and immigration systems, and challenges the way we think about the local food economy,” says Svetla Turnin, executive director of the Cinema Politica Network.

“Every summer, thousands of temporary migrant workers work on Quebec farms. Since the Temporary Foreign Workers Program contractually binds workers to their employers, they are often extremely scared to speak out about instances of abuse and exploitation. We have organized this tour to call for permanent residence for all migrant workers upon arrival,” adds Neil LaDode, member of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association.

The Quebec tour will kick off with a press conference in Montreal on May 31st and will continue with screenings of MIGRANT DREAMS in four cities across the province. At each stop, migrant workers and activists will speak about the harsh realities of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Quebec.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 31, 10 a.m. – Montréal, Centre des travailleurs et travailleuses immigrants (4755 Van Horne, Suite 110) – Conférence de presse + Séquences
May 31, 7 p.m. – Victoriaville, Cégep de Victoriaville, 475 rue Notre-Dame Est
June 1, 6:30 p.m. – Chicoutimi, UQAC Auditorium PO 5000, 555 boulevard de l’Université
June 2, 7 p.m. – Québec, Le Fou Aeliés, Université de Laval, Local 1550 Pavillion Desjardins-Pollack
June 3, 7 p.m. – Terrebonne – Coop de Solidarité Le Chez-Nous, 2500 Boulevard Mascouche, Bureau 107 (Potluck starts at 5 p.m.)

MIGRANT DREAMS premiered at the 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and since then it has been awarded with the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize for Investigative Journalism and the CAJ Award for Outstanding Journalism for Labour Reporting.

Join the conversation on migrant worker rights and attend a screening in the city closest to you!

Media Contact: Anna Pringle, anna@cinemapolitica.org

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ABOUT CINEMA POLITICA

Cinema Politica is a media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and abroad. Cinema Politica‘s largest and longest-running local was founded at Concordia University in Montreal in 2003. It attracts between 300 and 600 people to its weekly screenings, which run from September to April annually.

For more information visit cinemapolitica.org

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