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No Time to Stop

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $250.00
  • Date: Copyright 1990. Released 1992.
  • Descriptors: Women - Canadian. Immigration and emigration. Canada - Immigration and emigration.
  • Production Information: Live action. Directed by Helen Klodawsky. Color. Also available in 16 mm. 29 min.
  • Available from: Women Make Movies 462 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 (212)925-0606
  • Cataloging: 304.82 Immigrants - Canada||Women - Canada| |Canada - Social conditions
  • Print Entry #: 4:1225
  • Reviewer: Judith Gray

    Immigrant women in Canada who are handicapped either by language or job skills - or by their minority status - are often trapped in work ghettos. These women are beginning to organize into associations or unions to improve their opportunities and to protect their rights.

    The stories of three women form the basis of this video. The first immigrated from Hong Kong and works in a garment factory to support her two children. The second is a domestic worker who immigrated from Jamaica. She belongs to an association of domestic workers and hopes that after two years of service she will be granted landed immigrant status. The third is a computer programmer from Ghana who could not find work in Canada in her field. She helped organize a union among the garment workers and is now teaching English-language skills, as well as working in a factory. Immigrant women are often hampered by lack of language skills and job training. They are often discriminated against because of differences in appearance. By joining together in associations and unions, they are able to protect themselves, improve their lives, and become more educated.

    The interviews were done over a period of days in the women's homes, at an association outing, and at their workplaces. The information and feelings expressed in the interviews are tied together by a narrative summary, background information, and historical perspective by an unseen commentator.

    Although this video is about Canada, there are similar problems in the United States. On the surface, this video is about immigrant women who are members of visible minorities. But it can also be used as a basis for discussing discrimination in any job setting. High school, college, and public libraries that need information on Canada, women's studies, or sociology may benefit from this purchase.

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