Dope Is Death (2020)

  • 1h 21m
  • Mia Donovan

Black Panther-partiets eget afvænningsprogram trækker tråde fra 70’ernes New York gennem racisme, radikal politik og et uopklaret bankrøveri, og op til i dag.

I 70’erne eksploderede antallet af heroinmsibrugere i New York. Black Panther-partiet så det epidemiske misbrug som en kemisk krigsførsel mod fattige og sorte. Og hvad gør man så? Man besætter simpelthen et helt hospital i Harlem og giver tusindvis af mennesker gratis behandling, med akupunktur i stedet for metadon. Succesen blev en torn i øjet på Nixon. ‘Dope is Death’ fletter et fantastisk arkivmateriale ind i nutiden og fortæller en højaktuel historie om racisme, guerilla-politik, civil ulydighed og om et fatalt bankrøveri, der muligvis var et cover-up. At historien er ny for de fleste, er en del af den.

The Black Panther party’s own rehab programme has connections going from 1970s New York – via racism, radical politics and an unsolved bank robbery – right up to the present day.

In the 1970s, the number of heroin addicts exploded in New York. The Black Panther party saw the epidemic as a form of chemical warfare against the poor and people of colour. So what do you do? Headed by the charismatic Dr. Mutulu Shakur (Tupac Shakur’s stepfather), activists from the Black Panthers and the Puerto Rican Young Lords occupied an entire hospital in Harlem and gave thousands of people free treatment in the form of acupuncture instead of methadone. Their success was a thorn in the side of Nixon. Mia Donovan weaves amazing archival footage together with today’s continually inflamed disparity between race and drug abuse in the United States. ‘Dope is Death’ tells a highly up-to-date story about racism, guerilla politics, civil disobedience and an unresolved bank robbery, which may have been a cover-up. The fact that the story is new to most of us only testifies to its urgency. The lines can be drawn all the way down to today, as we begin to realise why we have never heard about it before.

Director

Mia Donovan

Producer

Bob Moore

Language(s)

English