In this episode we look at a few of the films (The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova, Pond Life, Nowhere and This is North Preston) playing at the Canadian Film Festival. Running from March 19th to March 23rd, the festival is a celebration of Canadian films and filmmakers that add to the country’s rich cinematic tapestry.
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This is the worst documentary I’ve ever seen. In fact, I was featured in it and misled to believe it’ll highlight the huge issue of sex trafficking stemming from North Preston. The cast denied the extent of the problem and glorified pimping even referring to women as bitches and hoes, while claiming some women actually like selling sex for men, and giving them all their money. The cast spent more time smoking weed and drinking in front of a fire station than they actually spoke about systematic racism, economic struggle, and how a town once a safe haven for people fleeing slavery is now known as the biggest hub for enslaving women.
I was very clear that I’d only participate if it did not legitimize pimps, and the whole film did just that. I feel re-victimized by thugs and the director Jaren Haymen. He gave the men who took zero responsibility in the film for the harm they’ve caused women the VIP treatment. There was no happy ending or moral to the story. It was just bad! Don’t waist your time and money.
As long as domestic sex trafficking in North Preston is not addressed accordingly, pimps from there will continue to thrive off the backs of women and girls.
‘This is North Preston’ does more harm for this little community than good. It feeds all the black stereotypes, and doesn’t even really reflect on the history, or the positive attruibutes.