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Between 2010 and 2017, several men vanished from Toronto’s LGBTQ neighbourhood, The Village. They shared similarities like their age and the bars they frequented. Many of them were also men of colour, refugees and immigrants from countries where LGBTQ people are unable to live openly. Journalists and community members spoke out over the years, saying these disappearances were suspicious and wondering whether they were linked.

But it wasn’t until Jan. 18, 2018, nearly eight years after the first disappearance, when police arrested 66-year-old Bruce McArthur on first-degree murder charges. Over the next three months, McArthur would be charged with a total of eight counts of murder.

Six of McArthur’s victims were of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, and many were immigrants and refugees from countries where same-sex intercourse is considered a criminal offence and is even punishable by death. A ninth man, reportedly with a Middle Eastern background, was saved by the police on the day of McArthur’s arrest.

Why wasn’t the Toronto police able to catch McArthur earlier in their investigation? And how has The Village dealt with the fallout of this case?

Featuring interviews with community members, activists, journalists and the mayor of Toronto, Village of the Missing is a multi-layered exploration of how McArthur was able to commit his horrific acts of violence in the heart of one of Canada’s most progressive cities.

The film explores a deep, 50-year antagonism between The Village and the Toronto police while highlighting the systemic problems of how missing persons cases are handled in a neighbourhood where racism is still a problem.

The documentary also takes us on an emotional journey to Turkey, where we meet a group of LGBTQ refugees who have fled their home countries in fear for their lives. They’re waiting to come to a place like Toronto, where they hope that they will find people they can trust and where they can finally be open about their sexuality.

But in a city that prides itself on being an open and safe place for marginalized people, questions persist: How is it possible that these men remained missing for so many years, and why didn’t the Toronto community as a whole put more pressure on the police and officials to find them?

Village of the Missing tries to find answers to these questions.

 

Credits (Click to expand)

Executive Producer
PAUL KEMP

Written and Directed by
MICHAEL DELMONTE

Produced by
TAD MUNNINGS

Story Editor
PAUL KEMP

Field Producer
KEVIN O’KEEFE

Editor
MICHAEL DELMONTE
DEANNA SCRIVER

Director of Photography
MARTIN BUZORA

Camera
TAD MUNNINGS
BRIAN HUNT
MICHAEL DELMONTE
OWEN DEVENEY
ROBERT FANTINATTO
TIM HUTCHISON
EVAN SECCOMBE
NICOLAS TAYLOR

Field Director
PAUL KEMP

Production Manager
KEVIN O’KEEFE
STEPHANIE ROBINSON

Story Consultant
SCOTT MONTGOMERY
LEE MELLOR

Production Assistant
LUCAS LONGHURST
SEBASTIAN SMITH

Sound Recordist
SAMMY YI
JAMES LAZARENKO
TAD MUNNINGS
PAUL KEMP

Music
IGOR CORREIA
JEFF MILUTINOVIC

Music Recorded at
GRAYSON MATTHEWS

Post Production Supervisor
ROBERT FANTINATTO

Sound Editor & Re-Recording Mixer
KEVIN SWARTZ

Graphics & Titles
A.J. LEITCH

Online Editor
ROBERT FANTINATTO

Colourist
MARTIN WELLS, TRIANGLE POST

Closed Captioning and Descriptive Video
TRIANGLE POST

Accountant
DANIA KANNAN

Visual Research & Clearances
KEVIN O’KEEFE
PAUL KEMP

Research
KEVIN O’KEEFE
LEE MELLOR
PAUL KEMP

Additional Voiceover
DANIEL LAK

Transcriptions
ABLESCRIPT SERVICES
REV.COM

Publicity
AMY SAUNDERS, ALPHA PR

Stock Footage Provided by
POND5
GETTY IMAGES
XTRA.COM (MAGAZINE, TORONTO)
TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
CBC NEWS ARCHIVE
THE FIFTH ESTATE
ROGERS MEDIA LIMITED
CITY NEWS
GLOBAL NEWS
OMNI NEWS


Special Thanks to:
HANK ISDINGA
TORONTO POLICE SERVICES
SCOTT MONTGOMERY
JUSTIN LING
JAMES DUBRO
CITY OF TORONTO (MAYOR’S OFFICE)
DON PEAT
PRIDE TORONTO
ASAAP
STEAMWORKS TORONTO

Legal Services
HALL WEBBER LLP
LON HALL

Production and E&O Insurance
ARTHUR J GALLAGHER

For the CBC

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Director of Production
Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production
Charlotte Engel

Director of Finance
Julie Lawlor

Produced in Association with
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

 

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