Drugreporter Film Sessions - Program

May 4, 2017

We are happy to announce the program of the Drugreporter Film Sessions at the Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal! 


11.00 - 12:30 - Films on the Global War on Drugs 
    •    On The War on Drugs
Spain / Director: Tre Borràs, Antoni Llort / 23m 6s
A film that contributes ideas, arguments and tools to promote critical opinion.
    •    Peter’s Story: Meet the police officer legalizing drugs
United Kingdom / Director: Cara Lavan / 2m 56s
Belgian Deputy Chief of Police is convinced that his brother would still be alive if drugs were legal.
    •    Donna May’s Story: How one woman changed Canadian drug policy
United Kingdom / Director: Cara Lavan / 2m 58s
The death of Donna’s daughter made her see the need for drug policy reform. She is now dedicated to being an advocate for global drug policy reform.
    •    The UNGASS on Drugs: Reform Aborted
United States / Drugreporter / 9m 34s
In 2016 In New York, United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs was the most important international forum for discussing global drug policies since 1998.
    •    ‘Hoja por hoja’: Community Coca Control in Bolivia
Bolivia / Director: Ismael Saavedra / 17m 9s
Community coca control has reduced conflict and poverty, increased economic diversification, and even decreased coca cultivation itself in Bolivia.

14:00 - 15:30 - Films on Harm Reduction in North-America
    •    Advocacy in Action: Charting the future of Canada's drug policy
Canada / Director: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network / 11m 24s
The video showcases the Legal Network's efforts in promoting and expanding access to rights and equity for people living with HIV and specifically PWUD.
    •    Working towards more consistent interventions between the health and the safety sectors concerning injection drug users
Canada / AIDQ in collaboration with ENPQ / 27m 38s
Solutions allowing greater coherence of interventions between police departments, community organizations and Health and Social services institutions.
    •    The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection Facilities
United States / Directors: Taeko Frost, Matt Curtis / 21m 45s
The mayor and district attorney of Ithaca became the first senior elected officials in the USA to endorse opening a supervised injection facility.
    •    New York Harm Reduction Educators
United States / Director: Colin Askey / 16m 5s
The film promotes New York Harm Reduction Educators’ fight against stigma and injustice for PWID, as well as provides an education on the history of community activism.

16:00 - 18:00 - The Stairs
Canada / Director: Hugh Gibson / 1h 36m 25s
The film follows the triumphs and heartbreaks of three social workers, who counsel clients about drug use while also struggling with their own addictions.


11.00 - 12:30 - Films on Harm Reduction in Eastern-Central Europe
    •    Our Clients Are Our Mission: Harm Reduction in Bosnia
Bosnia-Herzegovina / Drugreporter / 13m 31s
The movie features those selfless harm reduction professionals who try to save lives in spite of vanishing support and funding.
    •    She Survived, in Spite of Her Treatment
Russia / Drug Users News / 21m 12s
Patients call the Yekaterinburg Hospital (Russia) the “final journey”. This hospital is for patients with tuberculosis and other severe diagnoses.
    •    Harm Reduction and Drug Laws in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic / Drug Users News / 11m 14s
What has been happening in the drug policy, and how it affects the lives of PWUD since drug use is no longer a criminal offence in the Czech Republic?
    •    Street Lawyers from EECA region
Russia / Drug Users News / 3m
A story about the success of the community legal support, and video documenting of cases of torture in the name of drug treatment.

14:00 - 15:30 - Films on Overdose Prevention
    •    They talk, we die
Canada / Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs / 4m 13s
In February people who use drugs participated in a national day of action to end the overdose epidemic that is killing Canadians every day.
    •    Preventing Empty Spaces: Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose
United States / Director: Greg Scott / 9m 14s
A documentary-style training film investigating opioid overdose death and providing training on how to prevent it with the use of injectable naloxone.
    •    Ray’s Story: my two sons died on the same day
United Kingdom / Director: Cara Lavan / 2m 39s
Ray describes what happened the night when he lost his sons to overdoses, and why it led him to the belief that the UK’s drug laws need to change.
    •    Play Safe – Chapter 10 (Heroin & Oxycontin)
United States / Director: Eddie Einbinder / 13m 30s
The film documents functional drug users who try to take the necessary precautions while using their respective drugs of choice, Heroin & Oxycontin.

16:00 - 18:00 - A Day in the Life: The World of Humans Who Use Drugs
Hungary / Director: István Gábor Takács / 1h 25m 53s
The film, produced in cooperation between activists and drug users, highlights how the lives of PWUD are affected by the global war on drugs, showing individual stories through the course of one day in seven countries of the world


11:00- 12:30 - Films on Harm Reduction in the Global South
    •    Harm Reduction: The Senegalese Experience
Senegal / Director: Nick Loomis / 22m 17s
Harm reduction within the Senegalese context through testimonies of former and current drug users, social workers, health workers and policy makers.
    •    Support. Don't Punish. Voices for Drug Policy Reform from Asia
Thailand / Director: Patrick Tibke, Alex Magill / 29m 41s
People working in law enforcement, drug treatment, harm reduction and social services are calling for drug policy reform to end the punishment of people who use drugs in Asia.
    •    Dying A Slow Death: Inside Indonesia’s Drug War
Indonesia / Drugreporter, PKNI / 23m 33s
The film documents the first-hand impacts of the drug war as experienced by the community itself.

14:00 - 15:30 - Psychedelic Harm Reduction
    •    Global Ibogaine Conference- Tepoztlán, México 2016
Mexico / Karina Muscarina, Gabriel Amezcua, Brun González / 21m 12s
The Global Ibogaine Conference discussed ibogaine therapy, the overall climate of drug policy, and its relationship with plant-based medicines.
    •    The Renaissance of Psychedelic Research
The Netherlands / Drugreporter / 9m 32s
Summary film about the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research 2016.
    •    Deep Web Harm Reduction
Ireland / Director: Florian Scheibein / 7m 42s
A short interview with ‘Dr.X’ presenting the concept of deep web harm reduction - harm reduction which occurs online in the deep web.
    •    Huxley’s Exit
Canada / Director: Connie Littlefield / 28m 1s
Evidence suggests that LSD and similar substances can help resolve existential issues surrounding death. The film tells the story of some of the individuals who are contemplating to use that help.


Posted by Peter Sarosi