Rat Park

Free Screening in Partnership with Bell Let's Talk & Workman Arts

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Film Info
Runtime:82 min
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shawney Cohen


In 1978, Canadian psychologist Bruce K. Alexander conducted a radical psychological experiment involving rats and heroin that would revolutionize the way we understand addictions. Thirty years later, this timely and conversation-worthy VICE doc connects the long forgotten “Rat Park” findings with three stories taking place 10,000 miles apart—revealing why addiction is not really about the drug themselves, it’s about the environments we live in.

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Workman Arts.


Rat Park is a VICE Studios production, produced in association with CRAVE, a division of Bell Media Inc., and produced with the participation of The Telus Fund.

This film may include content that is triggering for some viewers. If you or someone you know are in need of support, please reach out to ask for help. The following organizations can provide free mental health support 24/7:

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Indigenous Canadians can also reach out to Hope for Wellness at 1-855-242-3310.

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Additional Information

Mental Health Film Series: When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. In the lead up to the annual Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28, we're showcasing free docs-and-conversations about mental health and mental illness. View all films >>

Films in this free series will be available to stream from January 4-28. Please note, you will need to a Hot Docs account to register for and stream films in this series.

The film will be available for 48 hours from when you start the stream. Please note streaming is only possible from inside Canada. Need assistance? Visit our FAQ page or email us at streamingsupport@hotdocs.ca.