Life on Victor Street

Life on Victor Street

                                Life on Victor Street
| 29 min

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This short documentary depicts an Aboriginal Winnipeg teen’s struggle to stay in school and away from local gangs. Filmed over 2 years, the film is a moving portrait of one family trying to break the cycle of addiction, violence and poverty in an environment filled with anger and despair.

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Life on Victor Street, Kirby Hammond, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Kirby Hammond
  • director
    Kirby Hammond
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • editor
    Joni Church
    Erika MacPherson
  • story editing
    Erika MacPherson
  • director of photography
    Kirby Hammond
  • location sound recording
    Kirby Hammond
  • production assistant
    Roger Boyer
  • B camera
    Roger Boyer
  • sound design
    Howard Rissin
  • mix
    Howard Rissin
  • online editor
    Tony Wytinck
  • colourist
    Tony Wytinck
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen

  • trueloveishappiness

    This Film, was truly a great video to watch. the documentary is about what life is living in a gang life surrounded by drugs and violence and what also unfortunately been the status quo for indigenous people for a very very far too long time. As these events till this day affects us a whole family. I never thought videos of our daily lives would soon turn to a documentary. As a member of Thomas family myself I would proudly say that we are doing great and now that things are getting better for us as a whole family as each and every one of us are striving to become a better us. message to those who are struggling "No matter how much life throws at you we all can choose to get back when we are knocked down and come back twice as stronger as we were before"

    trueloveishappiness, 27 Jun 2021
  • whoamI

    This was such a great video to watch. What a beautiful family the Thomas' s are. Working so hard against incredible odds to change what has unfortunately been the status quo for indigenous people for far too long. I was very sad when they didn't react to the father's letter and allow Brent to play football for his last year of school. It obviously had such a positive influence on his life that, had I been the coach, I would have gladly had him back. I don't understand why there is no practical help for families like this. They are putting all their energy into changing their family history and their determination to have their kids grow up in a positive environment, free of addictions, free of the company of kids who are still rebelling and getting into trouble. The Thomas kids are polite, well mannered, generally happy, and their parents are as well. If I could, I would move them out of that house, out of that neighborhood, and give them a home they can feel proud of and feel comfortable in. They deserve at least that for the effort they are investing in changing the course of their lives. I wish there was a follow-up on Brent, and on the whole family. I truly hope they are doing well.

    whoamI, 25 Jan 2020
  • Familylove

    I am Aboriginal.Ive seen Aboriginal people all over the world.They are still suffering horror today yet they are way more caring&selfless than we are in Canada.We can't stay victims! It's like drinking poison ourselves but expecting things to get better. Before Chief Seattle was executed, his last words to Aboriginal people were: "Our people will never stand unless we become concerned with the rights&civil libteries of ALL people & NOT just for ourselves." Miigwech, Ekose.

    Familylove, 11 Jul 2013

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