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Flemingdon Park: The Global Village

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Built in 1961 by the visionary developer of the United Nations complex in New York City, Flemingdon Park started out as a trendy, urban utopia for artists and young professionals living in Toronto. Within a decade it was sold and became subsidized housing, eventually attracting 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 its history of violence and racism that residents have fought to overcome. Despite its 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.

Using vintage footage and commentary from journalist Robert Fulford and designer Macklin Hancock, director Andrew Faiz, a former resident, manages to reconcile history with the current reality of Flemingdon Park. It is, after all, the personal stories of those who live there that reveal the spirit and strength of the community.

2002, 47 min 30 s

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