Dope is Death

Series: The Portland EcoFilm Festival

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. DOPE IS DEATH explores how 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. There is much to learn  from these accomplishments: lessons which promise to inspire generations of activists, ecologists, and all of those who are determined to serve their communities.

A community conversation with special guests from the film follows the screening.

“Ecology” means knowledge of home; The Portland EcoFIlm Festival's Social Ecology Films series explores social aspects of this knowledge.

Our Portland area premiere of the inspiring feature-length documentary is sponsored by The AfroVillage PDX.

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About the Event Sponsor: The AfroVillage PDX fosters equity, dignity, and sustainability in Portland’s Black and Brown communities, with a focus on women, immigrants, and people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.



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