We've been working for two years already on an animated documentary film, titled: Kostya Proletarsky.
KOSTYA PROLETARSKY - THE ANIMATION
On 19 June 2009 Kostya Proletarsky, a drug user and HIV activist, died of tuberculosis meningitis at the Botkin Hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. His death was the result of three years of mistreatment and torture at the prison facility No. 4 in Karelia, Russia. In Russia, where drug treatment is barely available, imprisonment becomes the main “solution” to the problem of drug addiction. But unfortunately, these institutions don’t cure. Instead, prisons kill. The animated hand drawn documentary, featuring the original audio interview with Kostya and his mother, Irina, aims to commemorate Kostya Proletarsky and many others who have not survived prison systems around the world. The animated movie is produced by the Rights Reporter Foundation, narrated by Anya Sarang, directed by István Gábor Takács, and is hand drawn frame by Lili Rontó.
WHAT ARE DRUGS?
Our Just Say Know video series aim to educate the public about drugs, drug polices and harm reduction in a simple, easy-to-understand way, using the power of video advocacy and social media networks. Please help us to spread the message – share this video with your friends, colleagues on all possible channels!
We also recommend you to read these two articles about drug policies:
DRUG POLICY REFORM IN THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD ORDER
There was a time when we expected that the end of aggressive American interventionism would open the gates to drug policy reform. We are now at the dawning of a new multipolar world order, but it is not only the spirit of reform that has been released from the bottle. (Russian translation here!)
PLEASURE: THE STEPCHILD OF SEXUAL EDUCATION AND DRUG PREVENTION
The main problem with drug prevention is the same as it is with sex education: it ignores the elephant in the room that is pleasure.