Grounded Project launches with film premiere and panel discussion, June 10

Migrant worker

More Than Migrants movie posterJoin York University’s Las Nubes Project on June 10 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the Grounded Project, a new pan-University and international research collaboration, with the virtual film premiere of More than Migrants.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the social determinants of health of migrant workers, chaired by York Professor Mathieu Poirier, the film’s academic lead, with guest panellists Susana Caxaj (Western University), Douglas Barraza (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and Universidad Técnica Nacional de Costa Rica) and York  Professor Felipe Montoya, director of the film.

This free event is open to the public. Attendees should RSVP online at

More than Migrants follows the lived experience of nine people striving to make a new life for themselves and their families in Costa Rica. The stories, told in their own words, reveal the strength and resilience needed to overcome the challenges of building a new home with dignity and well-being. The documentary offers viewers a deeper understanding of the lives of migrants and the complex issues they face.

This film was made by the Las Nubes Project in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (EUC) and the Faculty of Health (FoH) at York University, in collaboration with the Universidad Técnica Nacional de Costa Rica and York Libraries, and with the financial support of EUC, FoH, York International and York Libraries.

The Grounded Project is a series of short documentaries filmed in rural Costa Rica on issues around environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, health and human well-being, with the idea of revealing structural elements that constrain the pursuit of social and ecological well-being as well as the opportunities that these grounded experiences offer for alternative ways of living. For more information about the Grounded Project, visit