North Preston is the largest black community in Canada and started as a safe haven for escaped slaves but has more recently been painted as one of the biggest human trafficking hubs in the nation. This Is North Preston has been called a controversial film and has its critics, but either way explores various ways of how the town of 4,000 has dealt with generations of violence, economic struggle, and constant systemic racism through the eyes of the victims, politicians, police, and community members looking to change the narrative.
Jaren Hayman and Garry James talk to Face2Face host David Peck talk about This Is North Preston, racism, community, stereo types, opportunities and choices, what goes on behind closed doors and why there are no easy answers.
About the Director:
Jaren Hayman’s first feature documentary Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower had a 12-city theatrical release in 2016 before climbing to #1 on the iTunes charts in the USA & Canada and #4 in the UK and Australia. He has directed more than 45 short films, commercials, and music videos. He started his career in the music business as a drummer, touring North America before shifting to filmmaking full time. His experience in the music world has had profound effect on his films as he believes the right score and sound design are imperative in filmmaking.
Image Copyright: Jaren Hayman Barracuda Baby Productions. Used with permission.
F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face.
For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.
With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.
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