DOCUSERIES DEPICTS ‘GIGANTIC HEARTS,’ STORIES OF MIGRANT FARM WORKERS IN ONTARIO

4-episode series showcases stories from 'backbone' of Canada's agricultural industry

Tanya van Rooy, producer and director of Feeding Canada, says it's 'due time' migrant agricultural workers in Norfolk County in southwestern Ontario get to show who they are. Pictured above is José, who is from Mexico. (Tanya van Rooy, Feeding Canada)

The crew behind a new documentary series sharing the stories of migrant farm workers in Norfolk County in southwestern Ontario hopes to foster more understanding and empathy across the country.

Tanya van Rooy, producer and director of Feeding Canada, says migrant farm workers are often given a “blanketed existence” in Canada. She wants her four-episode series to educate viewers about some of the 30,000 people behind that label.

“It was due time that these guys kind of showed who they are,” she said. “They’re really our heroes.”

Van Rooy said the series, produced by Howl at the Moon Films, brings the voices of agricultural workers to the forefront.

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