Six months each year, Delroy works on a farm in Ontario, Canada. Like millions of other migrant workers across North America, he does this to support his family in Jamaica. They’re all unaware that Delroy is keeping a secret from them. He has cancer.
Knowing he has to provide for his family and that he will lose his job if he tells the truth, the film follows Delroy trying to navigate through this complicated situation and refusal to accept his declining health.
The film shines a light on the invisibility of migrant workers across America. Giving us a closer look at their stories, the conditions they have to live in and the families they have to leave behind. But invisibility also presents itself in Delory’s cancer diagnosis. At a first glance, you wouldn’t notice that he is continuing to work with a disease so serious that it will ultimately claim his life.
Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and directed by Andrew Moir the short film looks into the treatment of migrant workers in Canada as well as what it’s like to live with a terminal disease while having to support your family; a reality for many people with long-term conditions.
Sadly, Delroy Dunkley passed away in 2015. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.