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Whose Borders 2. El Contrato & Borderless

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Apr/20/2012 - 7:00 pm

No One is Illegal - Toronto Presents:
Whose Borders?
An evening of politics and picture shows!

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00 pm)
Palmerston Library Theatre
(560 Palmerston Ave., North of Bloor St. W., west of Bathurst Subway Station - the station is wheelchair accessible)

*El Contrato (dir. Min Sook Lee, 51 mins.): El Contrato follows Teodoro Bello Martinez, a father of four from Central Mexico, and several of his countrymen as they make an annual migration to southern Ontario. For eight months of the year Leamington's population absorbs 4000 migrant labourers who pick tomatoes for conditions and wages no local will accept. Facing racism, exploitation, and constant threat of deportation, the workers voice their desire for dignity and respect, and better working conditions.

*Borderless (Min Sook Lee, 25 mins): They sew clothes in Montreal, clean high rises in Vancouver and build houses in Toronto. Their low wages subsidize Canada's 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. Through the eyes of undocumented workers, we see the inner workings of the city.

**Plus speakers from Justicia for Migrant Workers**

Join us as we continue our film series and highlight issues of indigenous sovereignty, migration, resistance, and together ask "Whose Borders?"

This time, we focus on the realities of exploited migrant labour, and how the latest changes to the immigration system threaten to make these conditions worse, unless we stop them.

Join us in the streets on May Day 2012 as we demand justice, dignity, and status for all!

*The theatre and washrooms are Wheelchair Accessible *
*Childcare Available*
*Pay what you can*
*please let us know how we can make this event more accessible for you by emailing us at by April 14th*