substance abuse

Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 7:30pm
Canada/USA 2013. Dirs: Oliver Hockenhull, Mikki Willis. 69 min. DCP
Post-screening discussion with co-director Oliver Hockenhull and Mark Haden.

CO-DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE! ? A thought-provoking and visually-stunning documentary that explores the potential of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, and cannabis) as psychotherapeutic medicines.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 7:30pm
Canada 2013. Dir: Dennis Allen. 56 min. HDCAM
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Naomi Dove and Dr. Shannon Tania Waters.

In his latest work, shot mostly in Vancouver, Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen confronts the sensitive subject of substance abuse among First Nations people in Canada.

Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2008. Director: Olly Lambert
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Ian Forbes
Cosponsored by Richmond Hospital’s Dept of Psychiatry.

VANCOUVER PREMIERE – When Ben Rogers picked up a video camera in 2004, he didn’t think he’d be filming the final two years of his life. Ben was 32 at the time and had been a heroin addict for 14 years.

About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – 8:00 PM
** Please note this one-time only special start time of 8:00 PM **

USA 2009. Director: Mary Katzke
Post-screening discussion with Mary Katzke and Dr. Carolyn Steinberg
Co-sponsored by Richmond Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.

About FaceA woman sets off to find her estranged mother, beginning what is a five-year journey towards healing and acceptance in this heartrending documentary.



Thursday, March 18, 2004 – 7:30 PM
Canada 2000. Director: Bruce Spangler
Post-screening discussion with Bruce Spangler
Co-sponsored by the BC Association of Social Workers

Winner of the Best Canadian Independent Feature, 2000, Vancouver Critics Circle and Best First Feature Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival 2000, Protection is a riveting film that accurately resonates the real life dramas and agonizing decidions associated with the ambiguous world of child protection.

Requiem for a Dream

Thursday, November 21, 7:30 pm
USA, 2000. Director: Darren Aronofsky
Post-screening discussion with Mr. Dean Wilson
Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)

follow-up to his darkly brilliant debut “PI”, director Darren
Aronofsky’s second feature is a jaw-droppingly cinematic deconstruction
of addiction. Adapted from Hubert Selby’s 1968 novel, this is a
visceral and unflinching dissection of addiction.