"LOST IN THE STRUGGLE"
For almost a year, three young men
who grew up on the rough streets of the Jane and Finch area of
Toronto, gave Gillian Findlay and the fifth estate
unprecedented access to the complexities that make up their
neighbourhood and their world.
For these three friends--Chuckie, Burnz and Freshy--the Jane and
Finch area is a tough world to navigate, an even tougher one to
escape. It is a story that will resonate in cities across the
To get the access
needed to tell this story, producers enlisted two young
filmmakers. Paul Nguyen and Mark Simms grew up in Toronto's Jane
and Finch neighbourhood, an area that has waged a decades-long
battle against a reputation for violence and hopelessness. The
fifth estate, together with Simms and Nguyen as film crew, spent
10 months following Chuckie's, Burnz' and Freshy's lives, from
their criminal exploits and encounters with the justice system
to their relationships with family, friends, and each other.