Flemingdon Park: The Global Village

Using vintage footage and commentary from former residents, this documentary examines the history and current reality of Toronto’s Flemingdon Park. Now a subsidized housing project, it was built in 1961 as a trendy urban utopia for artists and young professionals. A decade later it was sold, and Flemingdon became home to tens of thousands of refugees and new immigrants from around the globe.

Often cited as a model of urban planning for communities from Los Angeles to Shanghai, Flemingdon Park's flip side is a history of violence and racism that residents have fought to overcome. Yet despite challenges, the community succeeds in making people from around the world feel at home in a different kind of utopia – one where differences are celebrated and new visions are possible.

Comments

  • Flemoboy

    “Flemingdon Park is a true Canadian Mosaic. A hood…full of colors, languages, music, smells, ethnic clothes, strange and varied foods, families, friends, brotherhoods, roughness, softness, insults, compliments, dreams and occasional nightmares. In short, it is the "real" Canadian experience. It's the most multi-cultural mosaic on the planet and sets a standard of racial tolerance that cities around the World are now researching and trying to emulate (minus the crime). Anyone who grew up here knows what I'm talking about. Flemo boy forever.” — Flemoboy, 3 Feb 2014

  • Flemoboy

    “I have lived in Flemingdon Park from 1968 to mid 1980s. It has always been a rough area. This is no Canadian Utopia, but I remember some friends who were refugees from Vietnam saying how great Flemingdon was, that his apartment was so big, sunny and a great view, that it was so safe because people weren't being shot on the side of the street. This little conversation changed my perspective completely. For what it's worth, growing up here made me the person I am. A strong multi-cultural citizen of that World that feels comfortable around any race, culture, religion or language. I (and I think many other Flemites) grew to understand the blessing of being initiated through the ranks of this groundbreaking community that is Flemingdon Park. FLEMO ROCKS!” — Flemoboy, 3 Feb 2014

  • FlemoParkResident

    “I have lived In Flemingdon Park from 1995 to the Present and I can tell you that Flemingdon Park has a reputation for being one of the most violent areas in Toronto. But looking into the future, Flemingdon Park Is expanding a Justice System that Is decreasing the need for saying that Flemingdon Park is a danegorus area.” — FlemoParkResident, 8 Aug 2012

  • adoborepublic

    “I've lived in this area from 1997 to 2003 and I'd say it's the best place to be initiated in about living in Canada. It is so true that the area is a mosaic of different nationalities trying to live together with each other but most of all overcome the challenge of tolerance to each nationalities' differences. For me it is the whole world all in one place.” — adoborepublic, 8 Aug 2010

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Film Credits

director
Andrew Faiz
producer
Gerry Flahive
editor
David Battistella
director of photography
John Minh Tran
sound recordist
Sanjay Mehta
Robert Fletcher
original music composer
Orin Isaacs
sound effects editor
Timothy Mehlenbacher
mixer
Steve Munro
Timothy Mehlenbacher
design
David Battistella
graphics
Dale Clark
research
Tanya Fleet
Elizabeth Klinck
Meredith Martin
Andrew Faiz

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