Babe, I Hate to Go


For the last 30 years, Delroy Dunkley, a migrant worker, has been travelling from his home in Jamaica to Southwestern Ontario to work on a farm so he can support his family.

But this year, Delroy is diagnosed with cancer.  

In 2013 filmmaker Andrew Moir set out to create a film about migrant workers, but when the subject of the movie Delroy was diagnosed with late stage melanoma soon after arriving in Canada, the filmmaker knew the story was far more compelling than the one that he set out to tell. In 2015, after the film was made, Delroy died.


“The viewer gets a glimpse into his world . . .  I am happy with what we ended up with," said Moir. “The film we ended up with . . . is a self-contained story about one of it a central characters.”

Babe I hate To Go was an official selection at Hot Docs, the Toronto documentary film festival, in 2017.

The film tells a poignant, touching story of how Delroy works on the farm in Mt. Brydges for six months of the year. After Delroy’s diagnosis, the movie examines his reaction and his struggle, including how its impact his body and his fear for his family

Moir faced many challenges in bringing his vision to the screen. Besides having to learn about migrant worker culture, neither Delroy nor his family had ever seen a non-fiction film so the filmmaker tried to articulate his vision the best that he could.

The Canadian segment of Babe, I hate to go was filmed on Moir’s uncle's tobacco farm.  

Babe, I Hate To Go is a deeply personal, moving story of a man facing his own death, but it is set against a backdrop of thousands of migrant workers who travel to Ontario annually, so they make a living for their families.

Jon Higgins