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Thursday, 22 November 2007

A TORONTOTHEBETTER PWYC MOVIE AND A TORONTO PREMIERE

A TORONTOTHEBETTER PWYC MOVIE AND A TORONTO PREMIERE
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MIGRANTS: THOSE WHO COME FROM WITHIN /
MIGRANTES: LOS QUE VENIMOS DE ADENTRO
Directed by Aaraón Díaz Mendiburo, Mexico, 2007, 45 min.,
Spanish with English subtitles

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, 2007, 7 to 9PM
BRUNSWICK THEATRE - 296 BRUNSWICK AVE (@BLOOR), Toronto

What happens when Ontario's Mexican migrant workers get back home­?

Meet Director Aaraón Díaz, Researcher Janet McLaughlin
(University of Toronto), and Kate Sheese (York
University) from Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW)

Migrantes portraits the experiences of various Mexican
migrant workers that come to Canada and the U.S.
through the SAWP/PTAT Seasonal Agricultural Workers
Program. Initiated in 1974, at least 12,980
Mexican migrant workers were registered in 2003, and
there has been a growing presence of women since 1989,
further transforming the reality of those who migrate
to work and of those who wait for them to return home.
The film focuses on the livelihood of peasant workers
from the Mexican town of Cuijingo who have worked in
greenhouses and farms near Ontario towns such as
Leamington, Simcoe, and St. Catharines, and how their
experiences weave around the common thread of
migration. The director, Aaraón Díaz, uses an old
metaphor of human beings as working bodies and of the
workers as a body; when the body gets sick, all the
members get sick, and therefore health is also a main
subject of the film. Migrantes shows the ways in which
migrant workers view themselves, their families, and
their work by telling us intimate stories and dreams
as well the costs and struggles of working abroad.
This film captures the audience and leaves the
audience wanting to join migrant workers for improved
labour conditions.

- (Daniella Jofré(PhD Student, University of Toronto, IWW and Libra Co-Op member)

Aaraón Díaz came from the Autonomous University of
Mexico to Canada this fall to work on his Master's
Degree in social work. For his thesis he decided to
study migrant workers in Canada and to this end
he made a film about them, Migrants: Those who Come
from Within. Aaraón Díaz is now working on his next
film which will deal with the living
conditions and the rights of the migrants in Canada.

Janet McLaughlin is a PhD candidate in Medical
Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She holds a
Master's Degree in Human Rights from the University of
Sussex, and has also been a research training
fellow at the Institute for Work and Health in
Toronto. Her doctoral research investigates Mexican
and Caribbean seasonal agricultural workers with a
focus in Ontario's Niagara region, and has involved
over three years of fieldwork in Canada, Mexico and
Jamaica. Her specific focus is on health and safety
issues among the workers, and evaluating their access
to workplace protections and support systems.

Janet and Aaraón have worked closely in Mexico and now
in Canada, and have been presenting the film and their
research findings together throughout Canada and in
Mexico. Throughout their research they have
also volunteered with migrant workers, providing them
with informational workshops and various support
services.

Kate Sheese has been working with Justicia for Migrant
Workers since 2005. She is currently studying Women's
Health at York University and much of her involvement
in Justicia has been around issues of women's sexual,
reproductive, and mental health.

More info:
www.justicia4migrantworkers.org,
www.december18.net,
www.briarpatchmagazine.com,
www.torontothebetter.net,
www.chass.utoronto.ca/anthropology

-- MOVIE, DISCUSSION, ACTION
-- WORKER CO-OP AND UNION SIGN-UP OPPORTUNITIES
-- SPONSORED BY 'ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE AMERICAS' AND THE
DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
-- IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ONTARIO WORKER CO-OP FEDERATION (OWCF)
AND THE TORONTO BRANCH OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD (IWW)
-- STAY TUNED FOR THE 2008 TORONTOTHEBETTER FILM SERIES (www.torontothebetter.net)

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, 2007, 7-9PM
BRUNSWICK THEATRE - 296 BRUNSWICK AVE (@BLOOR), Toronto

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