This movie is based on actual events, but it says it is not all about one specific incident. It documents St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Canada, where many of the boys suffer physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of the brothers who run the facility. When the stories are surfaced and a police investigation is begun, religious and political groups work to silence the story to keep it from reaching the public. —IMDb
John N. Smith (born July 31, 1943 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. He began his career making documentary and short films before moving on to feature films and then finally working primarily in television. His work has been nominated in the Academy Awards, Genie Awards, and Gemini Awards, but has only won the latter.
He is best known for the 1995 drama Dangerous Minds, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, and the TV movie The Boys of St. Vincent. From 1972 until his completion of The Boys of St. Vincent in 1992, Smith was a staff filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada.
He is married to filmmaker Cynthia Scott. —Wikipedia