The documentary "My First 150 Days" follows the Banico family, newly arrived from the Philippines, in their first 150 days in Toronto. Melona Banico left her rural village and family behind nearly a decade ago when she departed for Canada. The documentary highlights the family's emotional journey as newcomers on a foreign land.
In China millions of children are growing up without their parents, who have left their rural villages to work in the country's manufacturing urban hubs. Al Jazeera's 101 East documentary investigates the consequences for these children of growing up without parents.
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Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the new documentary from Gianfranco Rosi is a startling, on-the-spot document of the European migrant crisis.
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Min Sook Lee's documentary, Migrant Dreams, reveals the dark side of Canada's temporary migrant workers program. The film profiles a group of women, mostly from Indonesia, who have come to Ontario to work in greenhouses to raise money for their families. However, after spending much of their wages to pay recruiter agent fees and rent on employer-controlled housing, little is left over to send home.
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Chasing Asylum, by Australian director Eva Orner, denounces the appalling conditions in which asylum seekers applying for refuge in Australia live. As a consequence of the Australian shocking immigration laws, considered illegal by many, refugees find themselves living, sometimes for years, on remote Pacific islands and in a stateless limbo.
The documentary features the voices of migrant women workers, who work as vegetable packers in greenhouses, through Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The film is a call to action and an opportunity to build a broad based movement in solidarity with migrant workers in Canada.
Migrant Dreams has been selected for presentation at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and will enjoy its world premiere on International Worker’s Day, May 1st, 2016.Also during the month of May, the film will play at the DOXA documentary festival in Vancouver and the NorthWest Festival in Edmonton.
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