The little-known and inspiring story of how a group of Jewish immigrants helped shape Toronto into one of the most successful multicultural cities in the world by creating affordable, quality, rental housing for post war immigrants. (Closed Captioning available)


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A largely-untold story behind Toronto’s evolution into one of the most successful multicultural cities in the world. After emigrating to escape religious persecution in Europe, a group of resilient Jewish immigrants found they were discriminated against by the established business community in Toronto.

Consequently, circumstances forced them into entrepreneurship. Aware of the coming influx of immigrants in the post-war years, these new Torontonians anticipated the need for affordable, quality rental housing. Director Ron Chapman uses a compelling mix of stunning recreations, archival footage and photographs, and interviews with these groundbreakers and their families to tell this inspiring piece of the city’s history.

Access the film: June 3-4. Purchase your ticket here.

Live Zoom Q & A on Sunday, June 6th at 1pm – with Director Ron Chapman and film participants.  Discussion moderated by CTV Host Evan Solomon. An ASL interpreter will be present. JOIN Q & A HERE

Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

Start Date: June 3, 2021

Closing Date: June 6, 2021

Access the film: June 3-4.
Live Zoom Q & A: June 6 at 1pm


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