Transcript: Teo in Toronto | Oct 29, 2012

The opening slate appears on screen as a red shifting background that turns to solid with a series title that reads “Why poverty? Ask why! Tvo,” in two white framed black question bubbles.

(music plays)

The title of the clip appears on screen and reads “Teo in Toronto,” as clips of driving on a highway appear on screen. Evelyn drives her car. She is in her mid-thirties, has long wavy dark hair, and wears a beige sleeveless blouse. A caption appears on screen that reads “Evelyn is an activist who advocates for the rights of migrant workers. She is driving to Leamington to pick up Teodoro, a Mexican migrant farm worker who has been coming to work in Canada for 16 years.”

Evelyn drives and says TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO TAKE
TEODORO TO A COMMUNITY GARDEN
IN PARKDALE THAT WAS STARTED BY
MARGINALIZED YOUTH IN THE CITY.
SO IT'S GOING TO BE VERY
INTERESTING TO SEE
HOW YOUTH ARE TRYING TO
TAKE FOOD SECURITY INTO
THEIR OWN HANDS.
[knocking]

Evelyn arrives at Teo’s house and greets him with a hug. Teo is a man in his mid-thirties, has dark brown hair, wears glasses, and a striped blue collared shirts and khaki pants.

Teo and Evelyn walk toward the car and they get in and drive. During their journey, Teo and Evelyn speak in Spanish.

Teo speaks and the subtitles read “Coming to work here requires a lot of sacrifice, so you change, you know, your way of thinking, I used to think about starting a business. Now I just think about making enough money to eat, and that’s it. I’ve come to Toronto so little. It’s just the airport to the farm, the farm to the airport, and at night. Toronto at night.”

Evelyn speaks and the subtitles read “All these people are consuming the food you produce and the restaurants are full of produce from Leamington.”

Teo speaks and the subtitles read “Well, what WE produce, It’s not just me, it’s all the migrant farm workers.”

Evelyn speaks to a boy who begins to wash her car windshield and says NO!

Teo speaks and the subtitles read “I didn’t think this existed here.”

Evelyn responds and the subtitles read “He’s a poor, street kid.”

Teo speaks and the subtitles read “Well sure, but I thought this didn’t exist here. I’d never seen it here. I thought I was in Mexico for a second. I’m going to give him a dollar.”

Teo hands a dollar to the boy washing the windshield and says GRACIAS, AMIGO.

Teo speaks and the subtitles read “Caramba! I never thought there would be this here in this country. We know we’re supposedly in a first world country and, you know, the economy is good. It it’s not 100 percent stable, at least it’s 80 percent stable. But I realize this is not true.”

A caption appears on screen that reads “Evelyn and Teodoro are visiting a community garden run by homeless youth in Toronto.”

Evelyn and Teodoro walk up to a garden and shakes the volunteer director’s hand.

Evelyn says THIS IS TEODORO.

A woman in her thirties, wearing a newsboy cap, blond hair in a braid, and a light gray shirt with jeans shakes Teodoro’s hand.

The woman in the cap says HELLO.
NICE TO MEET YOU.

Teodoro says NICE TO MEET
YOU, TOO.

Evelyn says ON THE WAY HERE WE WERE
TALKING ABOUT ALOT OF
THE MIGRANT WORKERS
IN THEIR FARMS
THEY'LL HAVE
THEIR OWN GARDEN.
AND THEY USUALLY PLANT FOOD
THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO.
I DON'T THINK HE'S EVER SEEN
AN URBAN GARDEN LIKE THIS.

The woman with the cap says THERE'S ABOUT 200 PEOPLE
THAT USE THIS GARDEN.
EACH PLOT BELONGS TO
A DIFFERENT GROUP.

A man in his late twenties wearing a newsboy cap, tinted sunglasses, a gray shirt, and a bookbag appears on screen.

The volunteer wearing the gray shirt says WE HAVE A POT LUCK FOR
PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

A volunteer in his early thirties with short brown hair, sunglasses on his head, and a red and white collared shirt appears on screen.

The volunteer wearing a red and white striped polo says WE WERE HAVING A PROBLEM
WITH BUDGETING FOR FOOD
FOR OUR KITCHEN.

The woman with the cap says PEOPLE REALLY WANTED TO
LEARN HOW TO GROW FOOD.

The volunteer wearing a red and white striped polo says SHOWING THE COMMUNITY THAT
WE DON'T HAVE TO PAY
THESE OUTRAGEOUS PRICES
FOR THESE VEGETABLES.

(music plays)

Evelyn translates for Teodoro and the subtitles read “They say that something important for the community is food security.”

Teodoro responds and the subtitles read “And this is 100 percent secure. That’s why it’s better to have a piece of land than a lot of money because you can’t eat money.”

Teodoro beholds a vegetable in the garden and says WOW.

The volunteer in the red and white striped polo says I USED TO NEVER EAT
VEGETABLES AT ALL.
I WOULD ONLY EAT MEAT.
AND I'VE LEARNED TO EAT
VEGETABLES FOR HEALTHY REASONS.
I MAKE A BEAUTIFUL BARBECUE
SAUCE AND HOT SAUCE,
SO ALL THE JALAPENOS AND
ALL THE SPICY PEPPERS,
WE'RE GONNA MAKE OUR OWN
BARBECUE SAUCE FROM SCRATCH.

Evelyn says DO YOU WANT TO SELL
THAT SAUCE OR...?

The volunteer in the red and white shirt says YES, I'M SELLING
THAT SAUCE.
FEEL THE BURN
HOT SAUCE.
DOES HE HAVE ANY IDEAS HOW
TO MAKE A PEPPER SAUCE?

Teo responds and the subtitles read “Special? Sure, we can do a special one.”

Teo and the volunteers walk around the garden looking for vegetables to use to cook.

Teo speaks and the subtitles read “I think they are not poor. I think they are rich, cause they have a great way of thinking and they have here all the food we all would like to have in our homes. So they are not poor. Get it out of your heads that you are poor when you have all this here.”

Teo cooks with the volunteers in the kitchen.

The volunteer with the red and white shirt says I CAN HANDLE SPICE.

Teo and the volunteers assemble the food and taste it.

The volunteer with the red and white shirt struggles to speak because of the spice and says I LIKE IT!

(music plays)

Teo, Evelyn, and the volunteers are seen eating together in the backyard.

The credits roll with a caption that reads “A Tiger Spirit Production.”
Producer and Director, Min Sook Lee.
Editor, Katharine Asals.
Camera, Jason O’Hara.
Composer, Edgardo Moreno.
Assistant Editor, Sean Kang.

The end slate appears on screen with the series title that reads “Why poverty? Ask why! www.tvo.org/whypoverty, tvo.”

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