Hanging On

This short documentary shows the struggle that young immigrants have in a small community unaccustomed to cultural diversity, and their frustration at not having their skills recognized by the job market and their peers. Hanging On is part of the Work For All project 2006, an NFB and HRSDC-Labour initiative to combat racism in the workplace.

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Éric Pelletier
James Duffett
David Dressler
Horia Daniel Iancu
Saïd Hazgour
Abdoulaye Baldé
Mme Jang
M. Jang
Chedly Belkhodja
Chedly Belkhodja
director of photography
Paul Bossé
sound recordist
Marc Arsenault
picture editor
Cyril Lochon
sound editor
Cyril Lochon
Myriam Beaudry
music composer
Khalid El Idrissi
Lamine Diakhate
Taoufik Boussari
Patricia Bergeron
executive producer
Yves Bisaillon


  • JasonST

    “Its crazy how foriegn people can't even get hired for a joob when they have more then enough education. I don't understant how someone can be overqualified for a job. It dosn't make sense to me how those people wouldn't be hired.” — JasonST, 9 Mar 2011

  • Stephen--Roy

    “It's such a waste to let someone with that much experience work in a calling center. It's illogical to to spend time training someone in a school when they aren't even going to be doing something productive. Companies need to get past their arrogance and see the potential that people have. Too many opportunities for great work are being missed, simply because of judgmental calls on the color of a person's skin, ” — Stephen--Roy, 9 Mar 2011

  • Gabe

    “Wow, that's insane; the poor girl had a PhD and she still couldn't find a job. It just goes to show how ignorant some employers and companies are. Seriously, what is the point of promoting immigration to Canad, if we're not going to encourage employers to hire them. I really feel bad for the girl, a PhD and working at a call center. That is a major waste, if you ask me.” — Gabe, 9 Mar 2011

  • Brandon

    “These places are not really smart for not hiring her. She had a Ph.D 3 degrees and lots of work experience. So mangers need to realize that the colour does not matter and its what they have done that matters.” — Brandon, 9 Mar 2011

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