Sept. 1, 2016 Montreal - Cinema Politica (CP) is thrilled to release Migrant Dreams, the latest documentary from multiple award-winning director Min S

       
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Sept. 1, 2016 Montreal - Cinema Politica (CP) is thrilled to release Migrant Dreams, the latest documentary from multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House).

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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.

Its premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs festival garnered numerous praises, elicited standing ovations, and was ultimately selected as a coveted Top 10 Audience Choice film at the festival.

Migrant Dreams is social justice filmmaking at its most gripping and galvanizing, and is something every responsible Canadian must see.

–Jordan Adler, Toronto Film Scene

The film was picked up for distribution by CP Distribution, the distribution arm of Cinema Politica - an international screening network committed to delivering politically powerful, artistically inspired and uncompromising documentary films to communities and audiences the world over.

More than 15 public screenings of Migrant Dreams are set to take place throughout September in communities and on campuses across Ontario, beginning with Leamington, ON, on Sept. 4, and ending in Ottawa, ON, on Oct. 1. Many of the screenings will coincide with the stops of the Harvesting Freedom Caravan, a campaign marking 50 years of the migrant farmworker program in Canada and calling on the Canadian government to finally allow migrant farm workers in Canada to access Permanent Immigration Status. The caravan is organized by Justice for Migrant Workers.

The film’s launch in Leamington is particularly poignant, as the small town is the central setting for the film, and workers featured in the documentary will be present at the screening. There will also be an important screening in Toronto on Sept. 25th at Ryerson University, and on Oct. 1 it will be shown at the One World Film Festival in Ottawa. Workers and campaigners featured in the film will be present at several of the screenings.

Migrant Dreams is a political film that features the voices of migrant workers fighting for justice in Canada. Getting this film screened widely in campuses and communities across Canada is essential to building solidarity with migrant workers,” says director Min Sook Lee. “I am thrilled that our distribution partner Cinema Politica has joined us in this work because of their unabating commitment to social justice and their inimitable ability to mobilize audiences through the language of film.”

Migrant Dreams followed-up its successful premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival with screenings at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver, BC) and NorthWest Fest (Edmonton, AB). It will receive its World Premiere Broadcast on TVO on September 14 at 9 pm.

Migrant Dreams, a timely and evocative exposé of the underbelly of an exploitative Canadian government labour program that has failed workers, is now available for screenings across Canada. For information on bookings, please visit http://www.cinemapolitica.org/booking/migrantdreams or contact booking@cinemapolitica.org.

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Media contact: Svetla Turnin: svetla@cinemapolitica.org.
Director Min Sook Lee, and Chris Ramsaroop of Justicia for Migrant Workers are available for interviews. Contact Svetla Turnin to arrange interviews.

Online: www.cinemapolitica.org/distribution/migrant-dreams and www.migrantdreams.ca

Upcoming screenings:
Sept. 4: Kingsville Complex, Leamington, ON
Sept. 5: Labour Day Parade, Windsor
Sept. 7: Public Library, Chatham
Sept. 10: Farmers market, London
Sept. 13: McMaster University, Hamilton
Sept. 18: University of Guelph, Guelph
Sept. 19 or 20: University of Waterloo, Kitchener
Sept. 21: Brock University, St. Catherines
Sept. 25 at 2pm: Ryerson University, Toronto
Sept. 25 at 6pm: Jane/Finch Community & Farm, North York
Sept. 26: Trent University, Oshawa
Sept. 26: Horizons of Friendship, Coburg
Sept. 27: York University, Toronto
Sept. 28 or 29: Queens University, Kingston
Oct. 1: One World Film Festival, Ottawa

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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. Started in 2003 at Concordia University in Montreal, Cinema Politica is today the largest grassroots documentary screening network in the world.

To learn more, visit: cinemapolitica.org

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