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The Stairs

Impact | Vancity Theatre Screening

The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, each of whom survived decades of street-involvement in Toronto’s Regent Park. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, each works in public health in their old neighbourhood while struggling to maintain their new-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs defies stereotypes about drug use, sex work and homelessness through an intimate portrait that is by turns funny, surprising and moving.

Friday’s screening will feature a panel discussion of the issues raised by the film, led by filmmaker Hugh Gibson. Moderated by Andrea Woo (Globe and Mail). Panelists and co-presenters: Brenda Belak (Pivot Legal Society), Jordan Westfall (CAPUD, Cdn Drug Policy Coalition) and Coco Culbertson (PHS Comunity Services Society).

Filmmaker Q&A on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Tim Gauthier (Insite) will be joining the Sunday Q&A. Donald MacPherson (Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition) will join the Monday Q&A. 

"Filmed over the course of five years, and letting people tell their own stories in their own words, The Stairs is a work with deep compassion for those who’ve made their way back from the depths of addiction." Norm Wilner, NOW

"A deeply inspiring look at ordinary people striving to defy the odds." Matt Fagerholm, Rogerebert.com

Canadian Film Week 3 Ticket Pack - $30  

Director Hugh Gibson
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2016
Running Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 19+
Related Links: Website & Trailer


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