City of Dreams

Institute History

  • 1999 Sundance Film Festival


City of Dreams by Jorge Manzano tells the dramatic story of a young Native man who leaves his community with his mother to move to Toronto, her “city of dreams,” only to find poverty, alcoholism, and disillusionment. He encounters the street, insanity, and eventually prison, and there he learns of the death of his mother and first touches the spiritual elements of his culture, finding a sense of renewal.

— Heather Rae

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