Min Sook Lee, Faculty of Art, documentary "Migrant Dreams" will be broadcast on Sept 14

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 1:00am

World Premiere broadcast! #MigrantDreams will be broadcast on TVO Wed Sep 14th at 9pm

http://tvo.org/article/about/min-sook-lees-migrant-dreams-premieres-on-tvo-september-14

Min Sook Lee's "Migrant Dreams" examines migrant labour in Ontario.

TVO presents the World Broadcast Premiere of Migrant Dreams on September 14 at 9 pm and midnight, and available for streaming on tvo.org the following day. The feature documentary from filmmaker Min Sook Lee (El Contrato) tells the story of migrant workers who came to work in Ontario greenhouses as part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program. They feel the Canadian broker they paid to get the greenhouse job is extorting them, and believe the greenhouse owners are complicit in the scam.

“TVO’s commissioned documentaries focus on contemporary social, political and cultural issues that are relevant to Canadian audiences and promote citizen engagement,” says John Ferri, TVO’s Vice President, Current Affairs and Documentaries. “Migrant Dreams forms a basis for an important conversation that is happening right now in this country about the rights of people who work to bring food to our tables.”

Migrant Dreams focuses on a group of women, mostly from Indonesia, who work packing vegetables inside greenhouse operations in Leamington, Ontario. The women have been recruited by agents who illegally charge upwards of seven thousand dollars in agency fees. Unable to afford the levy, migrants use their Canadian wages to pay back their debt and rent on company controlled housing, with little left over to send back home. The workers’ dreams are pinned to the hope that their two-year contracts will be renewed for another two years. Local activists try to help the women by informing them of their rights and finding alternative housing.

“I’m thrilled TVO is making the story of these women in Migrant Dreams available to a wide audience,” said Min Sook Lee. “There are over 100,000 low-wage migrant workers in Canada, many with legitimate complaints about their living and working conditions. I hope this film can be part of a critical examination of migrant labour in Canada.”

Migrant Dreams will repeat on TVO Saturday September 17 at 9 pm, and Sunday September 18 at 11 pm

 

Website: 
http://tvo.org/article/about/min-sook-lees-migrant-dreams-premieres-on-tvo-september-14

New Course: Landmarks: Art + Places (April 26)

New Course
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Be part of a groundbreaking public art project that will reimagine Canada in 2017

New Course from the Faculty of Art
Open to Majors and Thesis Students entering fourth-year of study in 2016-17

CROS-S4001 Landmarks: Art + Places brings together educational institutions, curators, artists and students from across the country to engage in a multi-faceted dialogue about Canada resulting in the installation of public artworks in Parks Canada sites and in an online platform. Responding to the themes of five national curators, students will engage with diverse issues such as: concepts of nature, post-colonial issues of nationhood, narratives of identity, community and citizenship, ontologies of landscape and public parks as socio-cultural spaces of collective memory and expressions of power. Drawing upon Indigenous epistemologies that consider, respect and map land acknowledgements, various methodologies will be employed. You can take this course in lieu of your thesis or as an elective. 

When: Starting Winter 2017
Credit Value: 1.0 credit
Instructors: Laura Millard and Min Sook Lee
Registration: By application (for more information email lmillard@faculty.ocadu.ca / minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca or attend one of the information sessions below)

Prerequisites one of: CRCP 4002, HUMN 3017, VISA 3023, VISA 4009, VISA 4022, VISM 4010, CRCP 3002, CROS 4006, DIGF 3001, ENVR 3003 or CROS 3001 and 14.0 credits, including all first-year and second-year requirements and/or permission from the instructor.

Information Sessions:
Thursday, April 14, 3 p.m., 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)
Tuesday, April 19, 3 p.m., 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)
Tuesday, April 26, 3 p.m., 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)

Venue & Address: 
230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)
Email: 
lmillard@faculty.ocadu.ca; minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca

New Course: Landmarks: Art + Places (April 19)

New Course
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Be part of a groundbreaking public art project that will reimagine Canada in 2017

New Course from the Faculty of Art
Open to Majors and Thesis Students entering fourth-year of study in 2016-17

CROS-S4001 Landmarks: Art + Places brings together educational institutions, curators, artists and students from across the country to engage in a multi-faceted dialogue about Canada resulting in the installation of public artworks in Parks Canada sites and in an online platform. Responding to the themes of five national curators, students will engage with diverse issues such as: concepts of nature, post-colonial issues of nationhood, narratives of identity, community and citizenship, ontologies of landscape and public parks as socio-cultural spaces of collective memory and expressions of power. Drawing upon Indigenous epistemologies that consider, respect and map land acknowledgements, various methodologies will be employed. You can take this course in lieu of your thesis or as an elective. 

When: Starting Winter 2017
Credit Value: 1.0 credit
Instructors: Laura Millard and Min Sook Lee
Registration: By application (for more information email lmillard@faculty.ocadu.ca / minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca or attend one of the information sessions below)

Prerequisites one of: CRCP 4002, HUMN 3017, VISA 3023, VISA 4009, VISA 4022, VISM 4010, CRCP 3002, CROS 4006, DIGF 3001, ENVR 3003 or CROS 3001 and 14.0 credits, including all first-year and second-year requirements and/or permission from the instructor.

Information Sessions:
Thursday, April 14, 3 p.m., 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)
Tuesday, April 19, 3 p.m., 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)
Tuesday, April 26, 3 p.m., 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)

Venue & Address: 
230 Richmond Street West, Room 322 (third floor)
Email: 
lmillard@faculty.ocadu.ca; minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca

Join Cinema Politica for a special evening to honour the work of Min Sook Lee

Photographs of people
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Join Cinema Politica for a special evening to honour and celebrate the documentary and activism work of tenure track Assistant Professor Min Sook Lee, whose new film MIGRANT DREAMS is set to launch this Spring.

We are honoured that Abanaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will be present at this special event to give Lee CP’s Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance

Lee will give a presentation of her work, which spans several decades and includes television shows, theatrical documentary and online media. Throughout her career she has shown an stalwart dedication and commitment to both human rights and environmental protection. 

In particular, Lee’s efforts to raise awareness and realize concrete changes concerning the lives of new immigrants and migrant workers in Canada resonates with Cinema Politica’s mandate to screen truth to power while showcasing alternative perspectives and strengthening communities engaged in struggle against oppressive systems.

Lee will screen segments from several of her films including TIGER SPIRIT, EL CONTRATO, HOGTOWN, BADGE OF PRIDE, and her newest, much-anticipated MIGRANT DREAMS.

 

Venue & Address: 
Cinema Politica Concordia Pavillion Henry F.Hall Bldg 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd W Montreal, QC
Website: 
http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/documentary-dreams-migrant-and-environmental-justice-work-min-sook-lee migrantdreams.ca

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