The folks at Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre have been around since 1989 as a not-for-profit organization that gets area kids involved in media production. Not only do they give them skills and experience, they produce some really good mini-documentaries on Regent Park — but they were hard to find. The great thing about the internet is suddenly distribution isn’t an issue.
We’ll be featuring a few of their Regent Park TV episodes over then next while. This well-done documentary here looks at the revitalization, and most importantly explores where the displaced residents have gone, and what they feel about having to move — something I know many people wonder about since the buildings were vacated last year. It’s interesting that, at least in this film, the people interviewed are not sad to leave the the decrepit Regent Park buildings, and they’re largely pleased with their new homes, but they do miss the community — the people — they lived with.