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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: belladonna productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 52 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

Canada's internationally acclaimed social safety net, born out of the Dirty Thirties, is challenged by the political and economic times at the end of the 20th century. Reaganomics, Thatcherism and Bush politics have nothing over the Bennett years (1930-1935) when, as Canadian legend Pierre Berton explains, paying off the the massive CPR debt was done at the expense of the needy. Then as now, people fought back to make Canada the country they hoped it would be when they crossed the ocean to a new land. Karl Schmidt, The Mayor of Tent City, is one such fighter. A small time general contractor, Karl cannot afford an apartment in a major city and is unable to work while living under the restrictions set out in the shelter system. He builds a small cabin on a deserted piece of lakefront property. This is the story of Karl's battle for a little dignity and for a place to call his own.

Awards: Queen’s International Film Festival, NY, 2005; Winnipeg International Film Festival, 2006

Links: http://www.belladonnaproductions.ca