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Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community

Directed by Jennifer Hodge de Silva and Roger McTair
Canada, 1983 (documentary, 58 minutes, colour, English)
Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"The Jane-Finch 'Corridor' is an area of six square blocks in Toronto's North York. To the residents of Metro Toronto, the Corridor evokes images of vandalism, high-density subsidized housing, racial tension, despair and crime. By focusing intimately on the lives of several of the residents, many of them Blacks or members of other visible minorities, and their relationship with police, social service agencies, and other major institutions that affect their lives, the film provides a powerful view of a community that, contrary to its popular image, is working towards a more positive future."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Jennifer Hodge
Produced by: John Kramer, Judy LeGros, John Spotton
Narrator: Charmaine Edmead
Film Editing: Steve Weslak
Music: Leroy Sibblis
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
(sources)

Quote about Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community

"Compared to similar Black British documentaries about police-Black community relations [...] there is very little direct critique of the police in Home Feeling. [...] Instead, Home Feeling prefers to indict police officers and administration with a strategic use of their own words, and to counter racist image-making by constituting the police—rather than Black youth—as an unspoken, ever present threat throughout."
-- Cameron Bailey (source)

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