Min Sook Lee
minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca

 

Min Sook Lee has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries, including: Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown, Gemini nominated El Contrato and Canadian Screen Award winner, The Real Inglorious Bastards.

Lee is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, and the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance. Canada’s oldest labour arts festival, Mayworks, has named the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award in her honour.

Lee’s most recent feature, Migrant Dreams tells the undertold story of migrant workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. In 2017, Migrant Dreams garnered the prestigious Canadian Hillman Prize which honours journalists whose work identifies important social and economic issues in Canada.

Lee is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, her area of research and practice focuses on the critical intersections of art+social change in labour, border politics, migration and social justice movements. 

Faculty: 
Faculty of Art
Website(s): 
http://www.migrantdreams.ca/
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/artists/min-sook-lee
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Education: 

Masters, Environmental Studies, York University

Professional Affiliations: 

Asian Canadian Labour Alliance

Documentary Organization of Canada

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

 Our Times, The Magazine about Work and Social Justice (Editorial Board Member)

Professional Experience: 

2016    MIGRANT DREAMS (92 mins) Producer/Director (TVO)

Selected Screenings: Hot Docs International Film Festival, DOXA Film Festival, One World Festival

2012    Teo in Toronto (4:26)  Producer/Director/Writer (TVO)

2012    Jack: The Inspirational Educator at RU (6:49) Producer/Director/Writer (Ryerson University)

2012    THE REAL INGLORIOUS BASTARDS (43 mins), Director/Writer  (History Television)

2010    The Real MASH (42 mins) Director/Writer (History Television)

2010    Badge of Pride, (43 mins) Director/Writer (CBC-The Passionate Eye)

2009    My Toxic Baby, (45 mins) Director/Writer (Global Television)

Selected Screenings:  Toronto International Film Festival, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Anchorage Film Festival, Going Green Film Festival,

2008    Sedition, (16 mins) Director/Writer

Selected Screenings: Toronto Palestine Film Festival, OXDOX International Film Festival, Boston Palestine Film Festival

2008    Tiger Spirit,  (72 mins) Producer/Director/Writer (NFB & History Television)

Selected Screenings: Hot Docs Film Festival, Tri Continental Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, UN Association Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

2006    Borderless, (16 mins) Producer/Director/Writer (PEN Canada)

Selected Screenings: Atlantic Women’s Film Festival, Seoul Women’s Film Festival, Queer Women of Colour Film Festival, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal

2005    HOGTOWN: The Politics of Policing, (96 mins) Producer/Director/Writer 

Selected Screenings: Hot Docs Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival.

2003    El Contrato, (52 mins), Director/Writer (NFB)

Selected Screenings: Ibero American Film Festival, Cinema Politica Screening Series, Canadian Labour International Film Festival, , Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal, Migrant Labour Film Festival – Seoul, Korea.

Selected Awards: 

2017   Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism, Migrant Dreams 

2016    Hot Docs ‘Top Ten Audience Choice', Migrant Dreams

2016    Honourable Mention, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, ‘Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary, Migrant Dreams

2016    Best Canadian Documentary Award, Fort McMurray International Film Festival, Migrant Dreams

2016    Cinema Politica Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance 

2015    Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction Award, York University

2014    Winner, Canadian Screen Award – Best History Documentary, The Real Inglorious Bastards

2013    Canada Council Grant – Media Artist

2013    dian Marino Award, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

2013    Winner, Yorkton Film Festival, Best History Doc, The Real Inglorious Bastards

2012    Induction of the ‘Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award’ presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts

2012    Nomination for Golden Sheaf Award, The Real MASH

2012    Gemini Nomination, Best Editing, The Real MASH

2012    Honourable Mention Columbus Award, The Real MASH

2012    Access Award, Ontario Arts Council

2010    Nomination for Golden Sheaf Award, My Toxic Baby

2009    Winner of the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, Tiger Spirit

2008    Finalist for the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Tiger Spirit

2007    Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, presented by the United Farm Workers of America

2005    Winner of Best Canadian Feature Length Documentary Award, Hot Docs Festival, Hogtown: the Politics of Policing

2005    Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Innoversity Creative Summit, Hogtown: the Politics of Policing

2005    Nomination for Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, El Contrato

2003    Best Documentary, IberoAmerican Festival, El Contrato

1999    CIUT Asian Accent Star-Picks Award for Community Activism, University of Toronto. 

Min Sook Lee
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Art
minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

documentary film, art & social change, Visual Journalism

Overview

 

Min Sook Lee has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries, including: Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown, Gemini nominated El Contrato and Canadian Screen Award winner, The Real Inglorious Bastards.

Lee is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, and the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance. Canada’s oldest labour arts festival, Mayworks, has named the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award in her honour.

Lee’s most recent feature, Migrant Dreams tells the undertold story of migrant workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. In 2017, Migrant Dreams garnered the prestigious Canadian Hillman Prize which honours journalists whose work identifies important social and economic issues in Canada.

Lee is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, her area of research and practice focuses on the critical intersections of art+social change in labour, border politics, migration and social justice movements. 

Education

Masters, Environmental Studies, York University

Professional Experience

2016    MIGRANT DREAMS (92 mins) Producer/Director (TVO)

Selected Screenings: Hot Docs International Film Festival, DOXA Film Festival, One World Festival

2012    Teo in Toronto (4:26)  Producer/Director/Writer (TVO)

2012    Jack: The Inspirational Educator at RU (6:49) Producer/Director/Writer (Ryerson University)

2012    THE REAL INGLORIOUS BASTARDS (43 mins), Director/Writer  (History Television)

2010    The Real MASH (42 mins) Director/Writer (History Television)

2010    Badge of Pride, (43 mins) Director/Writer (CBC-The Passionate Eye)

2009    My Toxic Baby, (45 mins) Director/Writer (Global Television)

Selected Screenings:  Toronto International Film Festival, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Anchorage Film Festival, Going Green Film Festival,

2008    Sedition, (16 mins) Director/Writer

Selected Screenings: Toronto Palestine Film Festival, OXDOX International Film Festival, Boston Palestine Film Festival

2008    Tiger Spirit,  (72 mins) Producer/Director/Writer (NFB & History Television)

Selected Screenings: Hot Docs Film Festival, Tri Continental Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, UN Association Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

2006    Borderless, (16 mins) Producer/Director/Writer (PEN Canada)

Selected Screenings: Atlantic Women’s Film Festival, Seoul Women’s Film Festival, Queer Women of Colour Film Festival, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal

2005    HOGTOWN: The Politics of Policing, (96 mins) Producer/Director/Writer 

Selected Screenings: Hot Docs Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival.

2003    El Contrato, (52 mins), Director/Writer (NFB)

Selected Screenings: Ibero American Film Festival, Cinema Politica Screening Series, Canadian Labour International Film Festival, , Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal, Migrant Labour Film Festival – Seoul, Korea.

Awards \ Grants

2017   Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism, Migrant Dreams 

2016    Hot Docs ‘Top Ten Audience Choice', Migrant Dreams

2016    Honourable Mention, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, ‘Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary, Migrant Dreams

2016    Best Canadian Documentary Award, Fort McMurray International Film Festival, Migrant Dreams

2016    Cinema Politica Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance 

2015    Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction Award, York University

2014    Winner, Canadian Screen Award – Best History Documentary, The Real Inglorious Bastards

2013    Canada Council Grant – Media Artist

2013    dian Marino Award, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

2013    Winner, Yorkton Film Festival, Best History Doc, The Real Inglorious Bastards

2012    Induction of the ‘Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award’ presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts

2012    Nomination for Golden Sheaf Award, The Real MASH

2012    Gemini Nomination, Best Editing, The Real MASH

2012    Honourable Mention Columbus Award, The Real MASH

2012    Access Award, Ontario Arts Council

2010    Nomination for Golden Sheaf Award, My Toxic Baby

2009    Winner of the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, Tiger Spirit

2008    Finalist for the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Tiger Spirit

2007    Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, presented by the United Farm Workers of America

2005    Winner of Best Canadian Feature Length Documentary Award, Hot Docs Festival, Hogtown: the Politics of Policing

2005    Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Innoversity Creative Summit, Hogtown: the Politics of Policing

2005    Nomination for Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, El Contrato

2003    Best Documentary, IberoAmerican Festival, El Contrato

1999    CIUT Asian Accent Star-Picks Award for Community Activism, University of Toronto. 

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Asian Canadian Labour Alliance

Documentary Organization of Canada

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

 Our Times, The Magazine about Work and Social Justice (Editorial Board Member)