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East Side Showdown

East Side Showdown

| 46 min

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.

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



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