Labour / Leisure

Labour / Leisure
Canada | 2019 | DCP | Color | 19 min | Ryan Ermacora & Jessica Johnson

FRIDAY 4 | CINEMEX PLAZA INSURGENTES 5 | 15:00 HRS | 114 min
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27 | UNIVERSIDAD DE LA COMUNICACIÓN – FORO UC | 19:00 HRS | 114 min

Director: Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson
Producer: Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson
Cinematography: Jeremy Cox
Editing: Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson
Sound: Dave Pullmer, Oscar Vargas, Eugenio Battaglia

Synopsis 
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.

Ryan Ermacora
Is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. His work investigates the visible and invisible ways in which humans have engraved themselves into natural spaces and is informed by an interest in avant-garde depictions of landscape and labour. His style is defined by a self-reflexive and structural approach to cinema. His work has screened at festivals such as Cinéma du Réel, Edinburgh International Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, and VIFF.

 

Jessica Johnson
Is an award-winning experimental filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. She has made a number of short experimental films with a focus on narrative embedded within the landscape. These works often explore representation of space and time in the natural landscape with an attempt to subvert audience expectation. Her films have played at Canadian festivals such as VIFF, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Images, WNDX, and internationally, in cities such as Edinburgh, Trento, and Leiden.