DOWN TOWN STORIES

Watch the Premiere: September 30 – Oct 15

Get exclusive digital access to this short film about love, community and decolonization. There is also be a pre-taped panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and more.

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About

A short film about community, love and decolonization

The Downtown Eastside is a vibrant, resilient community that is home to many Indigenous people from all over BC and Canada. Many residents share a strong sense of connectedness to each other and to the rich history of the land.

Down Town Stories is a film intended to highlight some of the remarkable stories of Indigenous people who have lived in this neighbourhood for many generations, and to illuminate how this community has survived and thrived in the face of colonization, criminalization, and a drug poisoning epidemic.

Run-time: 17:28 mins

 

Our hope is that this film will be viewed 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 Indigenous people.

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Support Grassroots Distribution

Drawing Wisdom works with Peers as we engage in community-style distribution. Support our grassroots model, which will include a community tour of "HIV: Healing Inner Voices" and a virtual launch of "Down Town Stories."

Credits

DOWN TOWN STORIES • Produced by  DRAWING WISDOM in collaboration with ANGEL GATES, CHRISTOPHER LIVINGSTONE, CONSTANCE BARNES, GA’AXSTSALAS, JENNA BREUER, NORM LEECH, SAMANTHA PRANTEAU, SEKANI DAKELTH

Directed by JADA-GABRIELLE PAPE, Saanich & Snuneymuxw NationsDirector of Photography D’ARCY HAMILTON

With funding from the CITY OF VANCOUVER and VACPC

Filmed and produced on the unceded territories of the əsəlil̓wətaʔɬ,  Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nations