License: Creative Commons (by-nc-nd)
Year of Production: 2010
Director: Joanne Penhale
Producer: Joanne Penhale
The Montreal borough of Park Extension - or Park Ex - has about 33,000 residents in 2 square kilometres of land and is bordered on all sides: rail lines on the east and south sides, a highway along the north end, and on the west side, a fence and six-lane boulevard which separates it from the wealthy neighbouring Town of Mont Royal. Most of Park Ex's residents are born outside of Canada. Various religious and cultural communities thrive in the neighbourhood, and at least a dozen languages are widely spoken.
In the spring of 2010, about 25 Park Exers shared stories and perspectives about life in the neighbourhood. The results are this 68-minute documentary, which touches on topics including what Park Ex used to be like, housing, new friendships, policing, religion, language, raising kids, access to public services, and more.