Dope is Death

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Activism
Mental Health & Addiction
Black Cultures & Issues
Race & Multiculturalism
Urban Culture & Issues
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Mia Donovan
Producer(s):Bob Moore
Executive Producer(s):Mila Aung-Thwin
Editor(s):Mia Donovan
Writer(s):Mia Donovan
Cinematography:Glauco Bermudez
Composer:Ramachandra Borcar
Sound:Cory Rizos


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For over 50 years, alternative medicine practitioners have advocated the use of acupuncture as part of treatment for drug addiction. However, few people know that this practice evolved in large part thanks to the Black Panthers, radical liberation politics and Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s stepfather. Dope is Death turns the clock back to 1970, at the height of the heroin epidemic in the South Bronx, where a group of political radicals—fed up with inaction—occupied New York’s Lincoln Hospital. Under the leadership of Shakur, the Lincoln Detox clinic became the first and only politically run drug treatment program funded by the US government. Inspiring and enraging in equal measure, the story of Lincoln Detox and the civil rights organizations that supported it testifies to the continuous need to explore this period in US history—a time that, until recently, has often been misrepresented. Aisha Jamal

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