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Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Stairs

Posted by GHO Admin on February 5, 2018 in Events

Date: Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018 @ 6:30 - 9 PM
Location: Halifax: Tupper Theatre A; Saint John: DMNB rm. 105

Lessons from "The Stairs": Reducing Harms and Enhancing Access to Health Care

Please join us for a free public film screening and moderated discussion with members of the Halifax Area Network of Drug Using People and the Director of "The Stairs" Hugh Gibson.


  • Dr. Tommy Brothers, Internal Medicine Resident


  • Members of the Halifax Area Network of Drug Using People
  • Hugh Gibson, Director of "The Stairs"

The discussion following the film will be a reflection of local harm reduction practices from a first voice perspective and implications for health care practice and policy.

Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 PM 
Screening: 7:00 - 8:30 PM 
Discussion: 8:30 - 9:00 PM

This event is made possible through the work of second year Medical student, Shannon Lilly, as part of her Service Learning Program experience with HANDUP. Coordination has been enhanced through the partnership between the Global Health Office and the Health and Social Justice Interest Group of the Dalhousie Medical Students’ Society.

Support for this project can be offered by making a contribution to the projectDAL "Lessons from The Stairs" fundraising campaign.

Winner: Toronto Film Critics Association - Best Canadian Film

Film Synopsis:

The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, who each survived decades of street-involvement. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, they perform social work in their old neighbourhood, while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs examines life on society’s margins. Defying stereotypes through intimate portraits, its remarkable subjects are surprising, funny, shocking and moving.

To preview the film, please visit: http://www.thestairsdoc.com/