Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams documentary project has a deep connection to her past -- her Korean parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1970s and her father did menial labour, including picking worms, in order to provide for the family.
"I appreciate the struggle," says Lee. "There was a lot of anxiety because we were poor and new to the country, so I'm very sensitized to issues of migration, acculturation and diaspora."
Fast-track to 2013 and Lee (whose 2003 NFB film about Mexican farm labourers in Ontario, El Contrato, nabbed a Gemini nomination) is chronicling the hardships of Thai women who pick worms as part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Her film also includes workers from other countries. The Toronto-based director is well aware of the differences between her father's position and those of migrant workers today.