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This gripping documentary takes a powerful look at the lives of people with substance use disorder in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Filmmaker Veronica Alice Mannix follows Constable Al Arsenault and six other police officers on their daily beat, documenting their unique relationships with people who speak candidly about their painful past experiences, their drug addiction, and life on the street.

1999, 52 min 08 s

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The Japan Prize - with a cash prize of $5,000US
International Educational Program Contest Japan Prize
November 17 to 24 2000, Tokyo - Japan

The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Prize - Category: Adult Education - with a cash prize of $3,000US
International Educational Program Contest Japan Prize
November 17 to 24 2000, Tokyo - Japan

Chris Award - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
October 25 to 27 2000, Columbus - USA

Award for Most Inspirational Short film or Video - given by the Youth Jury (Ages 13 +)
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
March 1 to 4 2000, Vancouver - Canada