Scene from the film Labour/Leisure
Scene from the film Labour/Leisure
Scene from the film Labour/Leisure
Scene from the film Labour/Leisure
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The Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia is marketed as a destination of leisure, recreation, retirement and wealth. Behind this facade is a largely invisible agricultural labour force, comprised of temporary migrant workers from the Global South. These workers are placed in a system that is inherently precarious and potentially exploitative, wherein their legal status is tied directly to their employer, with no path to permanent citizenship. While the workers pay into Canadian health care and pension plans, they do not benefit from these social goods as temporary citizens. This film aims to make this labour visible, while contemplating the prescribed aesthetics imposed on the landscape within the region. Formally, the film resides at the intersection of photography and the moving image, while embracing the generative structural limitations of early cinema.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Jeremy Cox
  • Editing
    Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson
  • Sound
    Dave Pullmer, Oscar Vargas, Eugenio Battaglia
  • Duration
    19 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Ulju Mountain Film Festival (South Korea), 2020
    • Pleasure Dome - Essential Work Program (Canada), 2020
    • Frontera-Sur Festival Internacional de Cine de No Ficción (Chile), 2020
    • Festival Filmer le travail (France), 2020
    • Open City Documentary Festival (UK), 2019
    • Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo (Mexico), 2019
    • Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Cinéma du Réel, 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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