Dope is Death + Panel Discussion
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Dope is Death + Panel Discussion

Thu Nov 5 7:00 PM
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Palace Chauvel Cinema
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In 1973, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America. This form of radical harm reduction was a revolutionary act toward the government programs that transfixed the lives of black and brown communities throughout the South Bronx. Dope is Death utilizes an abundant archive while giving us insight into how the acupuncture clinic rose to prominence and, despite funding challenges, still functions to this day. Some of those who benefited from the program became acupuncturists themselves. Dr. Mutulu’s legacy is cemented within this profound story of community healing and activism.

The screening will be followed up by an in-depth conversation with Megan WilliamsWiradjuri Aboriginal Justice Health Researcher & Advocate, and Kata Japunčić, acupuncturist and NADA trainer. They will explore the intersection of medicine and activism, and connect the legacy of Lincoln Detox with community-controlled health services of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in contemporary Australia. 

"A riveting time capsule that could not be more timely." — Hollywood Reporter

"Dope is Death offers a refreshing release... in airing this unbelievable hidden history and illuminating the reasons it's gone this long under the radar with real electricity." — Moveable Fest

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