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24 Days in Brooks

24 Days in Brooks

| 42 min

Over the course of a decade Brooks, Alberta, transformed from a socially conservative, primarily white town to one of the most diverse places in Canada as immigrants and refugees flocked to find jobs at the Lakeside Packers slaughterhouse. This film is a portrait of those people working together and adapting to change through the first-ever strike at Lakeside.

  • writer
    Dana Inkster
  • director
    Dana Inkster
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • narration
    Clifton Joseph
  • editor
    Paul Mortimer
  • additional editing
    Scott Parker
  • director's mentor
    Barry Greenwald
  • consultant
    Gil Cardinal
  • camera
    Tom Couchman
    Daron Donahue
    Lisa Fryklund
    Sidney Bailey
    Morton Molyneux
    Shaun Henning
    Patrick McLaughlin
  • location sound
    Gary Bruckner
    Mike Myrden
    Igal Petel
    Jamie Kidd
  • production assistant
    Loralee Edwards
    Derek Wait
  • photography
    Brad Wrobleski
  • translation
    Hélène Laporte-Rawji
  • transcription
    Bridget Toms
  • original music
    Kory Lowe
  • soloist
    Lynn Olagundoye
  • audio post production
    Frank Laratta
  • video post-production
    Michael Schmidt
  • online editor
    Joe Owens
  • colourist
    Joe Owens
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Isaac
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • commissioning editor
    Andrew Johnson
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
    Derek Mazur


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Ages 17 to 17

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
Social Studies - Labour Studies

Screen the film in class and follow it with a debate on diversity, pluralism, social solidarity, immigration and/or human rights. In your opinion, does the population of Brooks reflect changing trends in the overall Canadian population? Have multiculturalism and the integration of new arrivals been a success in Brooks? Socially, is it more beneficial to focus on similarities than on differences? Why? What lessons can be learned from the Lakeside workers’ strike?

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