A Short Film About Love, Community & Decolonization
Featuring the remarkable stories of Indigenous people who have lived in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for generations. If you’ve already seen the film, we’d love to get your feedback.
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.
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."
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 Nations • Director 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