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24 Days in Brooks

Directed by Dana Inkster
Canada, 2007 (documentary, 42 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "24 jours à Brooks"
24 Days in Brooks
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"In a decade, tiny Brooks, Alberta has been transformed from a socially conservative, primarily Caucasian town to one of the most diverse places in Canada. Hijabs have become commonplace, downtown bars feature calypso and residents speak 90 different languages. Immigrants and refugees have flocked here to work at Lakeside Packers—one of the world's largest slaughterhouses. Centring on the 24 days of the first-ever strike at Lakeside, this film is a nuanced portrait of people working together and adapting to change. They are people like Peter Jany Khwai, who escaped war in Sudan, wears an African shirt and a cowboy hat, and affirms his Canadian identity as well as his determination to fight for his rights. Or Edil Hassan, a devout Muslim born in Somalia, who counts her hours of organizing and picketing among her proudest moments. [...]"
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Description [in French] :
"Affluant par milliers à Brooks, en Alberta, pour travailler à l'abattoir local, les immigrants ont radicalement transformé le visage de cette petite ville. 24 jours à Brooks relate les vingt-quatre jours de la première grève jamais déclenchée à l'abattoir et illustre que des travailleurs immigrants et non immigrants peuvent faire cause commune au nom du respect, de la dignité et du changement."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Dana Inkster
Produced by: Bonnie Thompson, Graydon McCrea, Derek Mazur
Narrator: Clifton Joseph
Cinematography: Brad Wrobleski
Film Editing: Paul Mortimer
Music: Kory Lowe
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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