The Manitoba Story

An award-winning film about basic income

About The Manitoba Story

The first film made by the Dream BIG Collective is The Manitoba Story, a short, twenty-minute film about the residents of a small, rural town in Canada, who experienced a profound transformation in the 1970’s when they became the test site for Canada’s first universal basic income experiment, and the first and to-this-day-only “saturation site” of such an experiment anywhere conducted in the world (where all residents of a given place are offered a universal basic income).

Over the course of four years, residents felt first hand the positive changes in their lives of the basic income trial, which transformed their local economy and the course of their lives. Understanding their experience gives us great insight into ending poverty anywhere. Yet for nearly forty years the data and research was literally buried away from the public. This film brings their experience to light in beautiful cinematic storytelling.

See the film and share with your community

Want to host a one-time screening? Gain access to the full film by requesting the appropriate license below. We’ll send you a link for streaming the film good for 30 days.

The film is made to be shown on its own, perhaps with a short discussion, or as part of the Full BIG Experience. Or, consider kicking off the evening with an hour or half-an-hour of playing the Basic Income Game to settle in, connect, and get into the topic at hand in a light-hearted way.

Community License (Free) — for small screenings by community organizers, small-scale non-profits, public school teachers, and in community or civic centers, including synagogues, mosques, churches, etc, and some libraries with small budgets.

Conventional License ($199) — for large public or private screenings by institutional non-profits, companies, colleges and universities, private K-12 schools, and most libraries with media / community events / and educational budgets.


Special Licenses or Distribution

For bulk licensing, digital collections (libraries) or online learning systems, or other special cases aside from one-time screenings, please reach out and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks!

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