Thrilled to announce that our film was selected to premiere at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival this year!
75 min feature documentary Canada 2020 directed by Lulu Wei produced by Ali Weinstein
My role: Story Editor
ABOUT Honest Ed’s, Toronto’s iconic discount bargain palace, stood at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst for almost 70 years. Now slated to be replaced with luxury apartments, the Toronto landmark closed its doors on December 31, 2016. It was the end of an era—and another warning sign of Canada’s worsening housing crisis. Turning the lens on herself as well as several other longtime residents displaced by the new development, director Lulu Wei captures a unique profile of a community losing access to both the residential and commercial spaces that allowed it to flourish. Their story is another addition to the growing number of Toronto neighbourhoods whose community fabric has been torn by the forces of gentrification. The question skilfully posed by Wei’s film, “Are we building a neighbourhood, or are we just building buildings?”, remains yet to be answered.