Documenting the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: A Filmed Interpretation

  • Graciela Martínez-Zalce Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Abstract

This article uses a qualitative content analysis to examine the documentary El Contrato (2003), directed by Korean-Canadian documentary filmmaker Min Sook Lee and produced by the National Film Board, from two complementary standpoints: first, the critical portrait it paints of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), a partnership of governments and agro-industrial firms, its social consequences, and the integration problems it presents; and second, the importance of documentary cinema in making visible and analyzing the conditions of temporary workers in Canada. The author concludes that this documentary’s activist strategy contributes to making integration easier.

Author Biography

Graciela Martínez-Zalce, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Full-time, tenured, B-level researcher assigned to the Area of Globality Studies and current director of the CISAN, UNAM

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Published
2020-09-10
How to Cite
Martínez-Zalce, G. (2020). Documenting the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: A Filmed Interpretation. Norteamérica, Revista Académica Del CISAN-UNAM, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.22201/cisan.24487228e.2020.2.443
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