Us & Them
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 to 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.
The current pandemic has put a major spotlight on an issue that has been growing for decades: homelessness. The situation is intense and communities are divided as we grapple with the converging crises of homelessness, overdose, and COVID-10. To provide an opportunity for people to connect and learn, the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness, with support from the Strathcona Community Health Network, and the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a free, blended in-person/virtual screening of the documentary US AND THEM, followed by a community conversation in panel form.
Pending COVID regulations, people will be able to choose to watch the film and discussion at the Tidemark Theatre or from the comfort of their own homes via virtual platforms.
Donations to the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness will be gratefully accepted at the door.