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 among young people.  This unique group of officers, who formed a non-profit group dubbed the Odd Squad, resulted in an unusual relationship between the police and addicts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  In this documentary, addicts talk openly about how they got to the streets.  Through their participation in this video, they want to stop others from joining their nightmare. 

WARNING: CONTAINS COARSE LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC SCENES. PREVIEW BEFORE USE.

Produced By: 
National Film Board of Canada
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