'Brooks - The City of 100 Hellos' is a documentary about how immigration changes and challenges a cowboy town. The film gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of many of the new immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers that have moved to Brooks, Alberta, Canada to work at the local meat packing plant. It also explores the challenges they face and looks at how long-time residents of Brooks feel about the new immigration in their community. The documentary was Produced, Directed and Written by Brandy Yanchyk in 2011 for OMNI Television. This documentary was made possible with 100% funding from the OMNI Television Independent Producers Initiative. It was also produced with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Multimedia Development Fund.
CANADA'S MULTICULTURALISM: A Work In Progress.
Canada is the first country in the world to have an official multiculturalism policy, which is now over three decades old. Most people think that multiculturalism is a well entrenched principle in this country. Yet, at the first sign of disquiet in any part of the world, Canada’s Multiculturalism policy is called into question.
This hot-button issue is confronted head-on in this riveting documentary.
The film records the history of various immigrant groups who are not officially recognized in history books. It also interviews a number of prominent Canadians to take the pulse of multiculturalism today, including Toronto Star Columnist Haroon Siddiqui, Strategic Counsel chair Allan Gregg, Aboriginal lawyer and stand-up comic Candy Palmater, Jack Jedwab, General Director, Association for Canadian Studies, and South Asian Legal Clinic Executive Director - Uzma Shakir.
Their wide-ranging points of view explore the questions:
Can the word ‘diversity’ replace ‘multiculturalism’?
Is it just a word or a principle which determines how Canadians relate to one another?