US AND THEM Film Screening Event
This Squamish screening of US AND THEM aims to raise awareness about homelessness and addiction through a compassionate lens.
At a time when Squamish Helping Hands Society is about to break ground on their Under One Roof project in downtown Squamish and when Canada is in the midst of both a housing and opioid crisis, this film has never been more relevant.
US AND THEM was written and directed by Krista Loughton and award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Abbott.
Filmmaker, Krista Loughton will be in attendance and will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.
Thursday June 14, 2018
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Squamish United Church
38014 Fourth Avenue, Squamish, BC V8B 0A3
The screening is FREE or BY DONATION but community members are asked to please register in advance as space is limited
Sponsored by Matthews Southwest, operating locally as Squamish Cornerstones Development
SYNOPSIS of the FILM
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.
6:30 pm Introduction to the film by filmaker Krista Loughton
7:00 pm Screening of the film. (run time is 82 minutes)
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion on homelessness & how to continue to preserve 'neighbourliness' as we grow as a community.
Community Advisory Committee
“We think this powerful film is a great opportunity to continue the conversation about the role of UNDER ONE ROOF in our community and to launch our Community Advisory Committee. We hope this screening will also inspire an ongoing conversation about the kind of community we want to hold onto as we grow, that sense of neighbourliness that can and should define us a community and set us apart as a diverse and tolerant place to call home.” -Maureen Mackell, Executive Director for Helping Hands.