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Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is home to Canada's worst drug and HIV crisis. It is also the setting for two new groundbreaking videos: Through a Blue Lens and Flipping the World. By focussing on the lives of addicts, these companion films educate viewers about drug addiction and dispel the myth that taking drugs is glamorous. Through a Blue Lens: Meet the Odd Squad, seven Vancouver policemen. Armed with cameras, the officers document the lives of people on their patrol beat, using the chilling images to deliver powerful anti-drug messages to high school students. Filmmaker Veronica Mannix turned her camera on the work of this unique police unit in Through a Blue Lens. This gritty documentary gives addicts a voice to 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 graphic scenes. Previewing recommended. Flipping the World: Drugs Through a Blue Lens: Flipping the World is a half-hour film inspired by Through a Blue Lens and was created for a younger audience. Follow seven Vancouver high school students as they investigate drug addiction. They talk to police officers, recovered addicts and people still struggling with a drug habit. The culturally diverse group of teenagers voice a range of opinions about addiction that evolve as they learn more about the tragedy of drug abuse. Previewing is recommended.

2000, 82 min 08 s

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