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Becoming Labrador

Becoming Labrador

In the stark Labrador interior, a growing number of Filipino workers have recently landed in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, travelling halfway around the world for jobs they hope will offer their families new opportunities and a better life. Becoming Labrador follows a handful of those women and men as they make a place for themselves in Labrador while dealing with the unexpected costs of living far from their family.

  • featuring
    The Hunter Family
    Epitacia Bruce
    The Verzosa Family
    The Villanueva Family
  • director
    Rohan Fernando
    Tamara Segura
    Justin Simms
  • writer
    Michael Crummey
  • director of photography
    Justin Simms
  • animation
  • lead animator
    Fred Casia
  • animator
    Eva Cvijanovic
    Hyun Jin Park
    Élise Simard
  • editor
    Hannele Halm
  • sound design
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • original music
    Asif Illyas
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
    Rohan Fernando
  • additional cinematography
    Alfred Asuncion
    Jacob Barker
    Rohan Fernando
    John Gaudi
  • sound recording
    Mark Neary
    Jhomar Ignacio
    James Rillie
  • stills photography
    John Gaudi
  • production manager
    Tamara Segura
  • production assistant
    Mylène Augustin
    Marilyn Kukai Hunter
  • fixer
    Alfred Asuncion
  • researcher
    John Gaudi
    Wanda Nolan
    Navarana Igloliorte
  • translation
    Jean Casia
  • transcription
    Lisa Clarke
    Tamara Segura
  • voice performer
    Ameurfina Casia
  • narration recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley
    Francis La Haye
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • assistant sound editor
    Sandy Pinteus
  • music producer
    Asif Illyas
    Shehab Illyas
  • music performer
    Asif Illyas
    Shehab Illyas
  • musician
    Asif Illyas
    Shehab Illyas
    Kirsty Money
  • throat singer
    Echo Henoche
    Althaya Solomon
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Christopher MacIntosh
  • assistant editor
    John Feron
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • title design
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • re-recording
    Jean-Paul Vialard
  • production coordinator
    Cheryl Murgatroyd
  • studio administrator
    Camila Blos
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • associate producer
    Kelly Davis
  • marketing manager
    Charles Pease
  • publicist
    Patricia Dillon-Moore
  • legal counsel
    Dominique Aubry
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive director
    Michelle van Beusekom


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Ages 12 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

Becoming Labrador tells the stories of three families and their experiences in immigrating to Newfoundland. The film gives opportunities to discuss and understand the experience of immigration in Canada. What is the process of immigration for those coming from the Philippines? Why is it that families are often separated and cannot come to Canada at the same time? What are some of the biggest challenges for people who immigrate to Canada? 

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