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.
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:
according to scientific evidence, storytelling is more powerful than presenting people with the facts. The first video we present you in this newsletter will tell you a story about a pregnant woman who uses drugs and her journey through the health and social care system in Berlin - watch our video here!
We also recommend you to watch our movie we produced in co-operation with DiaLogs, a harm reduction NGO based in Tallinn, about drug policies in Latvia.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called civil society organisations to contribute to its report on the implementation of the UNGASS Outcome Document, adopted in New York in 2016. We have sent a submission about how closing down harm reduction services violated human rights in Hungary – read it here!
this year we decided to spend more time in building our global video advocacy network through providing training and technical support to other NGOs to produce their own movies. One of our most successful network hubs is DUNews, the Russian speaking video blog hosted by Drugreporter, edited by two Russian speaking reporters. Their latest movie is guiding you through the harm reduction scene of Amsterdam!
But we have very active members from others parts of the world as well, including Latin-America, where Brun and Karina, our Mexican drugreporters produced a great movie about the largest conference on psychedelic science on the globe. I think it is a truly great documentary with thought-provoking interviews on cutting-edge research and spiritual development. Please watch and share this movie!
These were just a few examples of the latest products on Drugreporter - but if you visit our website, you will find plenty of new articles, interviews and videos about drug policies from many countries.
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