The Wall: Raw Stories of the 2018 Minneapolis Homeless Camp

Told through the residents who lived it, "The Wall" looks back at the saga of the 2018 Native American tent community in Minneapolis. Throughout the film, residents share openly and honestly about their journeys to the camp, their lives there, and their hopes for a better future. “The Wall” features these stories within the backdrop of the overall camp story: its growth, the Twin Cities community response, and the eventual transfer of residents to shelter.

"The Wall" provides a unique and raw look into the struggles of American poverty, addiction, and homelessness. Viewers walk away with a better understanding of these issues—and what might be done to address them.

“The audience quickly becomes captivated by the dark realities of addiction and despair.” -FOX9 News, Minneapolis

"…the film reveals the inner feelings and predicaments of the homeless, and causes the audience to pay attention to this group living in the shadows.”

  • Brandon Ferdig
  • Brandon Ferdig
  • Krista Nipp
  • Sean Murphy
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    1 hour 13 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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  • Social Change Film Festival (ChangeFest 2020)
    October 3, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Twin Cities Film Festival
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Film Premiere: MSP Film Society
    United States
    May 19, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Viterbo University: D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Event Series
    United States
    September 24, 2019
  • Dance Love's Fundraiser for Homelessness
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
    December 29, 2019
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
    Onamia, MN
    United States
    January 9, 2020
    Native American Reservation Premiere
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community
    Morton, MN
    United States
    February 20, 2020
Director Biography - Brandon Ferdig

Brandon Ferdig is an independent journalist living in the Twin Cities. He grew up on a 30-acre homestead in tiny Blackduck, Minnesota. A high school psychology course influenced him to major in psychology at the University of Minnesota, after which he realized his love of world cultures and media. As a writer, he has featured many of his human-interest stories in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and authored the book "Life Learned Abroad" about a year he lived in China. As a videographer, he runs a popular YouTube channel (The Periphery) featuring stories and interviews from around the U.S. and beyond. It was this work that introduced him to the topic of homelessness—and to creating "The Wall".

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