East Side Showdown

This feature documentary is a portrait of the downtown Toronto neighbourhood of Dundas and Sherbourne, where the gap between rich and poor is growing wide. There, middle-class homeowners, angry radicals, desperate drug addicts and people simply looking for a place to lay their head are embattled in a bitter struggle for space. Angel, a prostitute and drug addict, dodges the law. Bed-and-breakfast owner Renée rails against the sex and drug trade. Community organizer John Clarke advocates direct action in defence of the poor. And at the eye of this storm is Reverend Jeannie Loughrey, whose drop-in centre provides much-needed help for the poor, yet homeowners accuse the centre of harbouring criminals and are lobbying to shut it down. Contains coarse language and scenes of drug use.

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Film Credits

director
Robin Benger
script
Robin Benger
producer
Peter Starr
associate producer
Christopher Sumpton
editing
Christopher Sumpton
photography
John Westheuser
sound
Alister Bell
Steve McNamee
Mike MacClymont
Mark Obradovich
narrator
Nicholas Campbell
music
Allen Booth

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