Canadian pubcaster CBC’s flagship documentary strand ‘CBC Docs POV’ is preparing to launch a film that explores the victims of 67-year-old serial killer Bruce McArthur, who was recently sentenced to life in prion for murdering eight men in Toronto’s Gay Village.
Directed by Michael Del Monte, Village of the Missing will explore how McArthur chose his victims of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent over a nefarious seven-year period between 2010 to 2017. Six of his eight victims were from these vulnerable groups, and many were recent immigrants and closeted gay men. A ninth victim, also of Middle Eastern descent, was saved by police on the day of McArthur’s arrest.
The documentary follows two stories of men in the Gay Village on the front-lines and exclusive interviews with journalists reporting on the McArthur case. The documentary looks to offer perspective on McArthur’s victims and why so many men from these cultural backgrounds were targeted by this serial killer. Additionally, Village of the Missing uses this case to reveal the immense and unspoken pressures that many gay men from South Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds must endure.
The documentary was supported by the CBC, The Canada Media Fund and the Rogers Documentary Fund.
“I didn’t want to explore the psychological state of a monstrous human being like McArthur,” said Del Monte in a statement. “I wanted this film to challenge our way of thinking about the cultural pressures that exist inside the gay community. If you go missing, who is going to speak up for you? Who is going to ensure you are found?”
Village of the Missing premieres on CBC Docs POV on March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service.