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Images Matter

Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community

As part of our series of conversations exploring depictions of police and the policing of Black lives in film and media, Roger McTair offers a 20-minute introduction to the 1983 documentary he co-directed with Jennifer Hodge, an empathetic portrait of Toronto’s Jane–Finch corridor that portrays a community working toward a more positive future in the face of prejudice and persecution.

Join us at 7pm EDT on Monday, June 22. Streaming simultaneously on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and tiff.net.

Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community is available to watch for free through the National Film Board of Canada.

Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community

Jennifer Hodge and Roger McTair’s documentary takes us to the heart of the Jane–Finch corridor in the early 1980s, an area that readily evokes images of high-density subsidized housing, racial tension, economic despair, vandalism, and violent crime. Focusing on the lives of several of the neighbourhood’s residents, many of them Black or people of colour, Hodge and McTair create a powerful portrait of a community that, contrary to its popular image, is working toward a more positive future.