Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street – (USA, 2000)


Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street

Un documentar şocant despre heroină, prostituţie masculină, SIDA, relaţii distruse, închisoare…toate având ca fundal San Francisco, unul dintre cele mai frumoase oraşe americane, răvăşit în anii 90 de un influx masiv de heroină.

black tar SFAn extraordinary look at two years in the lives of five young heroin addicts, Black Tar Heroin offers a rare and intimate portrait of how heroin devastates young lives. The film chronicles the daily lives of Jake, Jessica, Tracey, Oreo and Alice, three young women and two young men, ages 18 to 25, as they face the ever-present perils of hard core drug addiction–crime, prostitution, rape, incarceration, AIDS, overdoses and death.
The film shows the brutality and degradation of the drug life, but also depicts the addicts’ pain and raw yearning – to get clean, to hold relationships together, to re-connect with their families, to get their lives back.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, with associate producer and sound recordist Jason Cohen, spent more than two years in San Francisco’s drug underworld, recording the stories of the city’s young addicts. 1254750043588Using mostly hand-held camerawork, often working without electricity – lighting with camping lanterns, flashlights and candles – they unflinchingly capture the harsh realities as well as the human side of the addicts’ desperate world.

“Crushing… makes ‘Trainspotting’ look like an afterschool special and it hits all the harder because it takes pains to introduce its subjects as human beings. There’s no moralizing. Here the unfiltered facts make the point, and make it devastatingly well.”
– Newsweek

STEVEN OKAZAKI

Steven Okazaki’s subjects range from heroin addicts to dairy princesses to
Hiroshima survivors. He is a four-time Academy Award® nominee and won the
Oscar® in 1991. His numerous films, produced independently and broadcast
on HBO, PBS and NHK, are explorations of the extraordinary lives of ordinary
people. Text source: Rokumentii 2009

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