*** Winner: Best Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2009 ***
In the inner-city housing project of Toronto’s Regent Park, Kendell and Mikey, like their surroundings, are in the process of transformation. Half-demolished buildings dot the landscape as the Regent Park Revitalization project is underway. Isolated socially and physically since it was built in the late 1940s, the community of Regent Park is becoming a different place.
Shot over three years, Invisible City is a moving story of two boys crossing into adulthood – their mothers and mentors rooting for them to succeed, their environment and social pressures tempting them to make poor choices. As they struggle with the pressures of high school and facing harsh realities, their voices reveal a range of emotions and insights: anxiety, hopefulness, alienation and understanding.
Turning his camera on the often ignored inner city, Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis sensitively depicts the disconnection of urban poverty and race from the mainstream. A portrait of potential unrealized, Invisible City captures the dreams and the disappointments of Kendell and Mikey at a crucial time in their lives.
Directed and edited by Hubert Davis
Produced by Mehernaz Lentin (Industry Pictures), Gerry Flahive (NFB)
Co-produced by Hubert Davis (Shine Films)
Executive Produced by Silva Basmajian (NFB)
Produced by Industry Pictures/Shine Films in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada.
Produced in association with TVO, Knowledge Network, SCN and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund and the Canadian Cable Industry CTF: Licence Fee Program.
“...a film that weds form and content with extraordinary grace and intelligence.” (Hot Docs awards jury)
Hubert Davis follows up his Oscar-nominated short Hardwood with “a heart-rending portrait of two at-risk youths growing up in Regent Park as the community begins a dramatic transformation…relates the challenges and choices faced by his subjects and their families with great empathy and clarity.” (Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly)
“shows his deft touch at portraying the hope and pain in the mundane, the joy and strife of ordinary life… You go to a Davis film as much to see where he's taking his style as much as for the actual subject matter.” (Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail)