Down Here

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Published on 18th February 2016 by

Down Here is a 1997 documentary by Victoria Mannix which revolves around the poet, activist and former drug addict Bud Osborn who tells his story and how it inspired him to defend the inhabitants of Vancouver’s deprived Downtown Eastside area where an epidemic of HIV and Aids was occurring, the area was home to thousands of homeless drug addicts and prostitutes.

Whilst in the course of filming this documentary Mannix met two local police officers who were documenting addicts in photographs and asked for help in teaching them how to use a video camera, the chance encounter would lead to the making of the award winning 2003 documentary Through a Blue Lens which makes extensive use of footage captured by the police officers.

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