El Contrato

This documentary from Min Sook Lee (Tiger Spirit) follows a poverty-stricken father from Central Mexico, along with several of his countrymen, as they make their annual migration to southern Ontario to pick tomatoes. For 8 months a year, the town's population absorbs 4,000 migrant workers who toil under conditions, and for wages, that no local would accept. Yet despite a fear of repercussions, the workers voice their desire for dignity and respect.

Commentaires

  • pauluz40

    «okey carlos es lamentable esa situación pero la mayoría de la culpa es de ustedes por dejarse explotar!!! y por estar pensando ue la solución de los problemas de mexico es el exterior!! haber si cambian esa mentalidad y luchan en su propio país en contra de esos gobiernos corruptos!! y ustedes mismo trabajan en beneficio de su propio pais!» — pauluz40, 30 Nov 2013

  • guanacobz

    «In Response to Farmer 101- First and most, you must realize that you are missing the point of the issue. The issue at hand is that workers are simply being exploited. Also, it needs to be point out that there are also many good employers out there that really values these workers with dignity. Furthermore, this kind of situation it's not only happening in Leamington but in all Canada. The fact is that historically Canada has been exporting cheap labour for a long time. In theory Globalization should work for all, but in fact the only one that is getting rich is the rich. In Mexico for instance, Canadian companies are opening over there for the cheap labour. In Guatemala, the mining industry simply walks in 1000's year old villages and displaced them so they can mine their land, and who do you think is profitting? You mentioned that the standard of living in Canada is higher than Mexico and it's not our fault? I challenge you to find out why? As a consumer it is our fault, I bet your children have the latest technology in video games, made in china of course. Do you know how much that cost to make and who is make in it? How about the very cup of coffee you drink every morning, do you know if is fair trade or if it was picked by children in Colombia or Brazil? How about the chocolate you buy in Valentines or Halloween made by Nestle, the one company that uses child traffickers to labour their coco factories in the Ivory Coast? ...get educated first before you go blaming others, and the fact is that it is modern day slavery in Canada, still happening and will continue to happen until this government changes. » — guanacobz, 13 Nov 2011

  • farmer101

    « I am a greenhouse farmer in Leamington, what most of you posting negative comments don’t realize is that these are just a hand full of bad, if not very bad cases of the owners and supervisor’s not paying attention or caring for their workers rights and their obligations as owners/managers to treat them as equals… Yes there are other cases of supervisors or owners treating there workers poorly in Leamington not just in the greenhouse sector. This may surprise you but owners of other companies from food processing to clothing stores / from coffee shops to restaurants that also have treated workers unfairly or poorly too… If there are companies to be ran, there will always be a few bad or cruel bosses out there. If I were given the opportunity to make as much as 10 times what the average person in my county, province or country makes in a year by going to work in a better standard of living country than Canada for eight months out of the year I would.. To return home with the equivalent of $200,000 or $300,000 in my pocket, I would… With a higher standard of living with better medical attention and better.. Well let’s face it.. Canada’s standard of living is much higher than Mexico.. This is not our fault or there’s.. It’s just a fact of life... » — farmer101, 9 Nov 2011

  • drcassiel

    «Incredible! How Canda permit this kind of acts, not even in US we give this kind of trade to mexicans. The issue here its the mexican authorities, how much money they got from this business? They not even care the way this people live and how often their rights are violated. Extremely bad the attitude from the mexican representation in Canada. At the end no one cares, like the farmers said, are only salves less than animals. » — drcassiel, 22 Aoû 2011

  • mercedesbe

    «I would like to know, as now April 18, 2011, what is happening with the mexican workers that came to the canadian farms as a seasonal workers?. As a canadian citizen I am ashamed of that kind of new slavery that is exposed in the film "El Contrato". we live in a country where human rights are suposed to be protected and demanded in all areas of our lives, such as work, schools, churchs, etc. Now I am asking where is the Ministry of labour in all of these?, why is not looking after the rights of these workers?, Where are the autorities of Leamington?, are they blind to see the abuse, what is going on and how we can help to change this shameful situation» — mercedesbe, 19 Avr 2011

  • spartina

    «Pretty shocking actually... I certainly hope this film has since helped make a difference with regards to how migrant workers are treated on farms in Canada and that labor laws now take them into account... To see them crammed into such close quarters and faced with no or little resort when facing unfair working conditions and abusive employers is disheartening.» — spartina, 14 Oct 2010

  • alcon

    «Dreams shattered by globalization and free trade agreetments that bring wealth only to the few and "chosen ones"...» — alcon, 6 Jul 2010

  • shortkutca

    «Not a shocker how the government works outside from mexico just to sell it's people for a big chunk of the profits from their hard work. » — shortkutca, 3 Jui 2010

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Générique du film

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Min Sook Lee
réalisateur
Min Sook Lee
producteur
Karen King-Chigbo
monteur
Katharine Asals
directeur de la photographie
John Westheuser
David Patrick
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Sanjay Mehta
Edgardo Moreno
narrateur
Maria del Mar
recherche
Elizabeth Klinck
Tonya Reid
Min Sook Lee
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Sound Healer Inc.
supervision du son
Marvyn Dennis
conception sonore
Steven Toepell
mixeur du repiquage
Lou Solakofski
Martin Lee
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Virginia Storey
producteur principal
Silva Basmajian

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