Human Cargo

Canada 2004. Dir: Brad Turner. 270 min. DCP

VIII. Television
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Ripe for rediscovery in our golden age of long-form television is this overlooked, still-relevant gem from the aughts, created in B.C. and broadcast on CBC. Shot in Vancouver and South Africa, Human Cargo is an ambitious six-part miniseries set against the international refugee crisis. Its drama intertwines six disparate stories: of refugees attempting to enter Canada, those who assist them, and politicians who would impede them. Written and produced by Vancouver’s Linda Svendsen and Brian McKeown, and directed by Brad Turner (who later won an Emmy for his work on 24), the project earned seven Gemini Awards, including prizes for writing, directing, and best mini-series. It also won an American Peabody Award, for broadening public discourse around a pressing international issue. The large cast includes Nicholas Campbell and Kate Nelligan. Digital transfer courtesy of Simon Fraser University Library.

Miniseries Marathon! Human Cargo comprises six 45-minutes episodes. It screens in three parts, each consisting of two episodes. There will be two 10-minute intermissions

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Guests in attendance: Linda Svendsen, Brian McKeown