Hero POSTER_11x17_KamloopsAttend a free screening of Us and Them on September 11 at Victoria City Hall. This screening is presented by Abstract Developments, and supported by The City of Victoria, The United Way of Greater Victoria, and Frontrunners Footware.

To bring attention to the issues of homelessness and addiction, US AND THEM is touring Canadian communities in 2017. So far, at every show, the audience response is the same — they are deeply moved. People leave the theatre and typically never look at a homeless person the same way again. US AND THEM TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/175460546. Follow US AND THEM on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ycx7pla4

The Canadian tour of US AND THEM will continue this fall and includes an exclusive screening on Parliament Hill for all of Canada’s MPs on September 26. The event is being hosted by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. US AND THEM is also programmed to screen at the Union of BC Municipalities Conference in September. 

This Victoria City Hall event is the first show of the tour, and a Parliament Hill “Send-Off” to support US AND THEM’s national efforts to raise awareness about homelessness and addiction through a compassionate lens. At a time when BC is in the midst of both a housing and opioid crisis, this film has never been more relevant.

Bradley Dick will welcome all to the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples and the Unity Drummers will perform. Mayor Lisa Helps will host the event and film participants Karen Montgrand and Krista Loughton will be in attendance. Special appreciation thank you’s will be given to Victoria citizens who have supported US AND THEM over the years.

US AND THEM was written and directed by Loughton and award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Abbott who joined the project in 2013. Abbott is the co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed film THE CORPORATION, one of Canada’s most successful documentaries.

SYNOPSIS

Filmed over a decade, US AND THEM is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. It all begins when filmmaker Krista Loughton is questioned by addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté about her need to relieve pain in the world. This takes her back in time when she befriended four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.

Under the mentorship of Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Krista decides to teach her friends how to balance on the First Nations Medicine Wheel. In the beginning, there is connection and hope, but unfortunately, none are able to conquer their addictions or significantly change their lives. And then tragically, one dies. Out of her league, Krista seeks out the counsel of Dr. Maté, who forces her to confront her own motivations. Krista confesses her own emotional struggles with her remaining street friends. They display an extraordinary empathy and wisdom no one could have anticipated.