IOAD23 Documentary Screening: Smokey Devil – Underworld Street Reporter

Date: 31/08/2023
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Harm Reduction Victoria
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation: Harm Reduction Victoria
Contact: Brit Chapman
Phone: 0410386499

We will be screening the documentary ‘Smokey Devil – Underworld Street Reporter’ in our new space at 299-305 Victoria St, Brunswick (in between Sydney Rd and the train tracks, right by Brunswick station.

Smokey Devil is a seasoned graffiti writer in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), who uses his art to raise awareness about the overdose crisis and other problems facing his community. Smokey’s story explains his 30 years of experience as an artist/drug user who has lost hundreds of friends and family (including his wife) to overdose. In this documentary, we follow Smokey’s epic journey from a young boy growing up in the correctional facility to a now peace-loving activist who has earned him the reputation in the DTES as “the voice of the ghetto”. Smokey gives us unrestricted access to one of the most marginalised communities in Canada where he is an icon and paints the streets in broad daylight with no fear of repercussion. The worst overdose crisis in Canadian history serves as the backdrop for Smokey’s story, while local government try to reform ancient drug policies and push for decriminalisation and a safe supply of drugs.

Come at midday for free pizza
Naloxone training from 12.30pm – 1.00pm
Film begins at 1pm (1hr)

Bring a photo or memory for the overdose memorial board

NSP available every weekday between 10.30am and 5.30pm – we stock all the equipment you need for safer injecting and vein care!!

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