Area(s) of Expertisedocumentary film, art & social change, Visual Journalism
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.
Masters, Environmental Studies, York University
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)