We had hoped to be launching the film with a public gathering around this time, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing policies, we are sharing the film virtually as well as the voices of the participants through a pre-taped panel online. Please share this film with those in your community whom you think might benefit.
We are so pleased to be sharing this short film showcasing stories of resilience, strength, and community in the Downtown Eastside. This short film, Down Town Stories (Run-time 17:28), was birthed out of a desire to highlight some of the powerful voices of the Downtown Eastside. Community connectedness and pride are shared as a simple strategy to reduce stigma.
Our hope is that this film will be used as a pathway into conversations by City staff and social service professionals who work with Downtown Eastside community members and that the stories shared in this film will contribute to better relationships and safer services for all residents of this neighborhood.
You can RSVP to view the film online between Thursday, September 30 to Friday, October 15, 2021, as well as a BONUS pre-taped panel discussion.
We are offering the film up via the Cool.World platform with ticketing that allows for an optional donation. All money raised will support our grassroots distribution efforts, and fund opportunities for participants to be paid to be part of workshops and educational gatherings.
Wishing you much warmth and connection,
~ Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations, and the project team