Street Kids/Street People

Scathed

Subject: 
Crystal Meth addiction
Minutes Long: 
26 min.

Crystal Meth has roared across the globe, leaving in it's wake wrecked lives, broken dreams and death. Even hardened addicts fear it, and yet, young people in greater numbers are turning to this drug for a cheap, lasting high, ignoring the life-threatening consequences. Scathed takes an honest look at the problem through the eyes of teenaged users, health-care workers and police.

Produced By: 
Odd Squad Productions 2007

Tears for April

Subject: 
Addictions
Minutes Long: 
98

Tears for April – Beyond Blue Lens, the myth that drug abuse affects just the user is destroyed as life and death unfolds in Vancouver’s drug-infested Downtown Eastside. Tears For April follows the short, tragic life of April Reoch as told by recently retired beat cop, Cst. Al Arsenault warned the fresh-faced 17-year old to leave the streets, but his warnings fell on deaf ears. Within six months, April was hooked on drugs and prostituting herself.

Produced By: 
Odd Squad Productions

Through A Blue Lens

Subject: 
Street people and addiction
Minutes Long: 
52

A constable of the Vancouver “Odd Squad” shows a slide of an 18 year-old girl    taken outside a bar in downtown Vancouver.   The officer shows them a slide of the same girl, Shannon, six months later.  Her face is bruised and covered in festering sores.  “She’s on the needle, she didn’t know she had an addictive personality, she does now.”  The students express their shock and disbelief.  Constable Al Arsenault and six other policemen began video documenting the people on their beat to create a powerful educational tool to help prevent drug use

Produced By: 
National Film Board of Canada

Stolen Lives

Subject: 
Street kids - child prostitution
Minutes Long: 
46

Every year in Canada and the United States, over seven billion dollars are generated by the commercial sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18.  It is estimated that over 300,000 children work in the sex trade in North America.  (International Relief Organization).  This exploitation of children in all its various forms reflects a North American culture clearly out of whack.  How is it possible that so many children are sold for sex?  How is it possible that the violence, terror and suffering of children can be so largely ignored?  How is it possibl

Produced By: 
Health Canada, Still Waters Pictures

No Quick Fix

Subject: 
Street kids - drug addiction
Minutes Long: 
51

Young addicts and their parents speak out.

Produced By: 
National Film Board

Letters To A Street Child

Subject: 
Teenage runaways
Minutes Long: 
23

Her new life began the night Andréa watched in terror as a skinhead living in her “squat” savagely beat his girlfriend.  A local pimp had been increasingly pressuring Andréa, a 14 year-old street kid, to work for him.  Dazed and disoriented after binging on a cocktail of illegal drugs and alcohol she found herself staring at an alcoholic sleeping one off on a park bench.  She was getting ready to steal the homeless man’s blanket when the turnaround came.  “That’s when I realized I was just like him”, the petite Andréa says.  I prayed and said to God if I did not die

Produced By: 
National Film Board

Beating The Streets

Subject: 
Street kids
Minutes Long: 
48

This film narrated by Actor Tom Jackson, Alberta filmmaker Lorna Thomas chronicles how two Aboriginal teenagers from Edmonton turn their lives around with the help of a dedicated teacher.  Filmed over a period of six years, Thomas outlines the experiences of Lance Martin, a drug dealer at the age of 14 and Marilyn Bright eyes, a 13-year-old prostitute.  Also profiled is Joe Cloutier, a dedicated teacher who spearheads an innovative community project that includes a popular theatre program, a shelter, and high school.  The film provides insight on family violence, substance ab

Produced By: 
National Film Board

Let Me Go (Tu as crie)

Subject: 
Street Kids
Minutes Long: 
98

This N.F.B. Film by Director Ann Claire Poirier’s tells about her own daughter, Yanne, turned to drugs and prostitution, Yanne was murdered at the age of 26.  Following the tragedy she unearths her daughter’s past in an effort to understand what causes young people to risk their lives for the drugs they believe will set them free. The director enters the world of Montreal’s street people – young drug addicts, prostitutes and people living with AIDS – to reflect upon the events leading to her daughter’s tragic death.  (Some of the dialogue is subtitled from French to English)

Produced By: 
National Film Board

Bevel Up

Subject: 
Drug Addiction
Minutes Long: 
4 hours; 30 min

Follows nurses from the outreach street nurse program of the BC Centre for Disease Control as they provide effective-and non-judgemental-health care to men and women in Vancouver’s inner city. This groundbreaking teaching DVD combines a 45 min. documentary with an additional 3.5 hours of in depth expert interviews and additional footage structured around the key ethical, practical and legal issues faced by health practitioners.

Produced By: 
National Film Board
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