A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Under the rules of Canada’s migrant labour program, low wage migrants are tied to one employer. 

"Migrant Dreams is social justice filmmaking at its most gripping and galvanizing,
and is something every responsible Canadian must see." –Jordan Adler, Toronto Film Scene

"Brilliant and deeply disturbing." - James Bawden


The 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize was awarded to Min Sook Lee for her groundbreaking TVO documentary, Migrant Dreams, which profiles a group of migrant agricultural workers who were lured to Canada by promises of high-paying greenhouse jobs only to find exploitation, surveillance, and intimidation via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honoured U.S journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. In 2011, the Sidney Hillman Foundation inaugurated the Canadian Hillman Prize, offering this prize to a Canadian journalist whose work makes a difference to the lives of Canadians.




CBC Ottawa All In A Day "Director Min Sook Lee's latest documentary 'Migrant Dreams'"

Business News Network "Migrants' dreams vanishing in Ontario"

The Agenda with Steve Paikin "The Lives of Migrant Workers"

Calgary Herald "Temporary foreign workers vulnerable to predatory recruiters"

CBC Windsor "New documentary on exploited Leamington workers"

The Current CBC Radio "Migrant Dreams Broken As Workers Face Exploitation on Ontario Farms"

Sirius XM "The Charles Adler Show: Min Sook Lee"

Hot Docs "Meet The Filmmaker Min Sook Lee 'Migrant Dreams' "

Cinema Politica "An Evening with Min Sook Lee - Cinema Politica's Alanis Obomsawin Award Night"

Cinema Politica "Artist Talk with Min Sook Lee"


Toronto Star "Migrant workers caravan hits Toronto en route to Parliament Hill"

James Bawden "Migrant Dreams: What Canadian TV Is All About"

TVO Current Affairs "Separating reality from myth in Canada's migrant worker problem"

Samaritan Magazine "Q&A: Director of Migrant Dreams Doc About Underbelly of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program"

Eating Niagara "Watch: Migrant Dreams shows migrant labour nightmare"

TVO Current Affairs "Meet the workers of Migrant Dreams and find out where they are today"

GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine "Local Food, Migrant Dreams"

TVO Current Affairs "How Migrant Dreams reveals the dark side of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program"

She Does The City "Migrant Dreams: Exploitation is Alive and Well in Canada"

Cinema Politica "Cinema Politica Distribution Press Release"

Niagara Falls Review "Migrant Workers Focus of New Documentary" 

Playback "Migrant Dreams Heads to TVO"

TVO "Min Sook Lee’s Migrant Dreams Premieres on TVO September 14"

NOW Magazine "5 Myths About Your Ethical Foods"

Metro News "Plight of Canada's migrant workers profiled in 'Migrant Dreams' documentary"

The Georgia Straight "DOXA 2016 Migrant Dreams Review"

Daily Vice "The Filmmaker Exposing Exploitation in Canada's Migrant Worker Program"

Scenecreek "Hot Docs 2016 Review: Migrant Dreams"

Panic Manual "Hot Docs Review: Migrant Dreams"

Let The Movies Move Us "Hot Docs 2016 Interview: Min Sook Lee talks 'Migrant Dreams' "

Classical 103.1 FM "Hot Docs 2016 It's Awesome"

Northern Stars "Canadian Films at Hot Docs"

National Post "Hot Docs film dashes immigration fantasy, reveals harsh world of migrant workers in Canadian greenhouse"

Torontoist "Hot Docs: Future BabyMigrant Dreams, and Off the Rails"

POV Magazine "Review: ‘Migrant Dreams' "

Open Canada "Hot Docs 2016: Top foreign affairs documentaries to watch"

New Canadian Media "Documentary Explores Plight of Migrant Workers"

Real Screen "Shane Highlights Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams, about two women caught in Canada's migrant worker program"

Let The Movie Move Us "Hot Docs 2016 Review Migrant Dreams (5 stars)"

The Korea Times Daily "Migrant Dreams Review"

Calgary Herald "New Documentary Reveals Harsh World of Migrant Workers in Canadian Greenhouses"

Toronto Film Scene "Hot Docs 2016 Review: Migrant Dreams"

Women & Hollywood "Hot Docs 2016 Women Directors: Meet Min Sook Lee - 'Migrant Dreams' "

Macleans "Canada's Uncomfortable reliance on Migrant Workers"

Rabble "Migrant agricultural workers dreaming a better future"

Toronto Sun "10 to watch at Hot Docs festival"

CBC News Arts & Entertainment  "Hot Docs Fest Unveils Lineup"

Torontoist  "Nonfiction Filmmaking Fans Get Their First Look at Hot Docs 2016"

Reel Screen  Hot Docs Lineup Article

Ici Radio-Canada  La programmation de Hot Docs dévoilée