Dean Wilson used to be an IBM salesman. Now he is possibly the most outspoken drug addict in Canada. As president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) he is a loud and articulate advocate for street addicts from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s poorest neighborhoods, and the site of the highest HIV rate in North America.
FIX: The Story of an Addicted City
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Dean Wilson used to be an IBM salesman. Now, as president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), he is the most politically outspoken drug addict in Canada.
Ann Livingston, a non-user, is the charismatic co-founder of VANDU. Dean loves Ann. But he is also a captive of the drugs he uses. Together, Ann and Dean lead an unpredictable crew of street addicts in their fight to open North America’s first safe injection site.
They find a curious ally in Phillip Own, the conservative mayor of Vancouver who rejects the US-style War on Drugs. Instead he champions a controversial European approach called Harm Reduction which includes safe injection sites. Opposed by members of his own party, the Mayor stakes his political career on Harm Reduction. The drug users say they are staking their lives on it.
FIX follows these real life characters for two years as their stories interconnect in a battle for the hearts, minds and streets of a city each one calls home.
LIFE AFTER FIX
Hear from the director and individuals involved in the story and learned about the the progress since the documentary was first released.
About the Filmmaker
Nettie Wild is one of Canada's leading documentary filmmakers. Her highly charged and critically acclaimed films have brought her audiences behind the frontlines and headlines of revolutions and social change around the world.
Nettie is best known for her award winning documentary features: FIX: The Story of an Addicted City (2002), A PLACE CALLED CHIAPAS (1998), BLOCKADE (1993) and A RUSTLING OF LEAVES: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988).