Okanagan Dreams

Okanagan Dreams

| 46 min

This documentary follows the migration of thousands of young Quebecers as they travel to British Columbia to harvest fruit in the lush Okanagan Valley. The camera follows several spirited youth into the orchards for seven weeks. As the rain sets in, reality unfolds: it's cold, the cherry crop is late, and money is short. But as they make friends and enjoy their independence, the promise of adventure is realized. Although their work is integral to the local economy, the youth find that the experience is not just about making money. It's about awareness, self-discovery and exploring the world.

Who in their 20s hasn’t dreamt of going away for the summer to work somewhere exotic? In this sunny film we follow several young Quebeckers as they go pick fruit in British Columbia. It is Shangri-la for them, as most have never set foot outside of Quebec. The chance to live an adventure away from their parents for the first time brings the young people to the various farms to pick fruit, make friends and create lasting memories. One of the characters best sums it up when he says that working in the Okanagan Valley with the mountains surrounding him is so much better than being stuck in an office in Montreal. I guarantee that this film will put a smile on your face.

Albert Ohayon
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  • director
    Annie O'Donoghue
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • editor
    Shirley Claydon
  • cinematographer
    Randy Rotheisler
  • composer
    Gordon Durity
  • location sound
    Lisa Kolisnyk
  • documentary script
    Annie O'Donoghue
  • narration - writer
    Andrew Gardner
  • narrator
    Josée Martel
  • assistant director
    Michelle E. Smith
  • researcher
    Michelle E. Smith
    Randy Rotheisler
  • additional cinematography
    Doug Sjoquist
    Michael Wees
  • assistant editor
    Claudia Morgado
    Krista Peach
    Brian Reilly
    R. Neil Thompson
  • additional location sound
    Jeff Carter
    Eric Davies
    Alain Tremblay
  • original concept
    Randy Rotheisler
  • additional research
    Robert Tougas
  • consultant
    Marie-France Ménard
  • archival photos
    Mario Lanthier
  • production assistant
    Simon Rotheisler
  • translation
    Dyane Provost
  • participant
    Pearl Becker
    Carmen Calado
    Gino Duchesne
    Michel Galipeau
    Maryse Godin
    Ian Hamilton
    Linda Larson
    Chris Norton
    Kendall Pew
    Caroline Roberge
    Tara Schmalz
    Steeve Thomas
    José Rodrigo Buenono
    Shirley Desloges
    Suzanne Gagnon
    Karin Gallichand
    Jocelyn Hallett
    John Hood
    Janie Hood
    Graem Nelson
    Jesse Norton
    Jérôme Pono
    Heather Smith
    Serge Tétrault
    Mal Turner
  • sound editor
    Jamie Mahaffey
  • sound mix
    Sharpe Sound Studios Inc.
  • post-production services
    Rainmaker Digital Pictures
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea

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  • twiceaside

    IWhat a wonderful feeling I get , knowing that the youth of our great nation can still travel about the the country as I did 35 years ago having one of lives great adventures meeting the rest of the finest people in the world. New insights to labor opening an awareness that only a young person can benefit from a wonderful film

    twiceaside, 4 Jun 2010

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