Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Frontline Fentanyl: Documentary Screening
By donation. Registration is required.
When: Tue, September 12, 2017. 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30 PM)
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Ryerson University School of Journalism, Overdose Prevention Society and Hammer & Tong Picture Industries Ltd.
The debate surrounding Vancouver's opioid crisis is often contentious and divisive. Solutions, however, to what is quickly becoming a social and public health crisis across North America, will only come from collaboration.
Frontline Fentanyl is a remarkable short documentary made by Behdad Mahichi and
Alex Tsui that explores multiple perspectives responding to the spread of a lethal drug in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the subsequent human toll. Filmmaker Behdad Mahichi will be in attendance to discuss the project and report on the similar situation emerging in Toronto.
Following the film, a panel including subjects from the film and political stakeholders will discuss the tactics and strategies necessary to achieving safety and security for the city's at-risk populations while considering existing legal, moral, health, and economic priorities.
The screening and panel are free to attend. Donations are encouraged and will go towards supporting the Overdose Prevention Society, whose invaluable work is saving lives everyday in Vancouver.
Behdad Mahichi is a recent graduate from Ryerson University's School of Journalism. He has covered a wide range of stories from politics to entertainment for outlets such as VICE, Al Jazeera and CTV News. Behdad was born in Tehran, raised in Vancouver and currently works in Toronto as a chase producer for CTV News Channel.
Sarah Blyth, Overdose Prevention Society
Hugh Lampkin, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
Donald MacPherson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy at the local, national and international level. He advocates policies based on principles of public health, human rights, social inclusion, and scientific evidence and moving away from a criminal justice paradigm where people with health problems are criminalized. Donald worked for the City of Vancouver for 22 years, first as Director of the Carnegie Community Centre in the Downtown Eastside and the last 12 as Drug Policy Coordinator for the City. In 2000 he published Vancouver’s groundbreaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy that precipitated a broad public discussion on issues related to addiction. Donald is also co-author of Raise Shit!: Social action saving lives and More Harm than Good: Drug policy in Canada.
Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!