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According to International Organization for Migration, women now constitute half the international migrant population, and in some countries, as much as 70 or 80 per cent.
Borderless (25 min)
Min Sook Lee
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Borderless was one of 31 rare and compelling films featured in the Imagining Ourselves Online Film Festival in October, 2007.  Borderless was produced by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, a dynamic church-based social justice movement. For more information on KAIROS, please visit www.kairoscanada.org. If you missed your chance to watch this film on Imagining Ourselves, you may order a copy of the film by visiting the KAIROS Resources catalogue.

My film tells the story of undocumented workers in Canada who take the low-paying jobs that Canadians refuse to.

They sew clothes in Montreal, clean high rises in Vancouver and build houses in Toronto. Their low wages subsidize our first world economy.

Using silhouetted interviews and stylized imagery shot on Super 8 and mini-dv, Borderless tells the story of Angela and Geraldo. Angela works as a domestic help caring for other people's children while her own child is growing up motherless in the Caribbean.

Geraldo arrived from Costa Rica to work in the construction industry, which heavily relies on undocumented workers. In Ontario alone, almost a quarter of homebuilders are undocumented.

Many young women of my generation face migration. According to the International Organization for Migration, women now constitute half of the international migrant population, and in some countries, as much as 70 and 80 percent. These young women are exposed to a much higher risk of exploitation, violence and abuse.

I made this film to show the realities behind migration to Canada and to challenge our accustomed ways of seeing. Through the eyes of undocumented workers, we see a different Canada. Geraldo puts it best when he says, "Beyond the borders of Canada, Canada is Canada. But inside the borders of Canada, it is something else."

 

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FILM CREDITS:

Director: Min Sook Lee
Executive Producer for KAIROS: Tanya Chute Molina
Producers: Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Min Sook Lee
Director of Photography: Rion Gonzales
Editor: Ricardo Acosta
Narration Writer: Dionne Brand
Composer: Edgardo Moreno
Vocalist: Maryem Tollar

 

 

 

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