Catalogue Number: ID0001
Producer: ID Productions
Subject: Business Studies, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian World Studies, Character Education, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Issues, Psychology, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Grade Level: Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2014
Running Time: 58
Closed Captions: Yes
Sequel to Gemini Award-winning film Broke.
"Somebody has to do the dirty work, and I guess that’s me: the story of my life."
Life’s tragedies, however damning, have a way of turning a person’s grief, confusion and loss into blunt wisdom. Chris Hoard never asked for the life he got, but he works with what he has. And he’s doing his best to transfer his business acumen as a former drug dealer to get his Indigenous construction company up and running. Abandoned and abused by those who were supposed to love him most, Chris spent most of his adult life behind bars. Chris was traumatized from the day he was born. He became timid and lonely, unsure of people's intentions. It is not a surprise that he's been diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). Highly intelligent and determined, he quits drinking and using, and decides to use the business skills he acquired as a drug dealer to start an all-Indigenous company to do renovations and construction, with the intent of beautifying his impoverished neighbourhood. Filmed over the course of three years, Chris stumbles from one adventure to the next, facing everything from racism to disaster to simple chaos. Life isn’t easy when you’re poor. It’s even more complicated when you are Indigenous.
And while he’s not one to reconcile his past...
Chris’s past soon comes to reconcile with him.
WINNER Best Alberta Documentary – Global Visions Festival
WINNER Edmonton Film Prize
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