May 4th, 2017 (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Join filmaker Krista Loughton for this special screening, including Q&A with the filmaker.
It begins when filmmaker Krista Loughton is questioned by addictions expert Dr. Gabor Maté about her need to relieve pain in the world. This takes her back in time, when she befriended four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.
These four charismatic individuals reveal the severe challenges of life on the street, portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. All are struggling with addiction issues rooted in their painful childhood histories.
Krista finds a mentor in Reverend Allen Tysick, a street minister who dedicated his life to serving the poorest of the poor. Watching him build a new facility for the street community inspires her to create change in her own way.
Years ago, Krista had been introduced to the First Nations Medicine Wheel and its success helping former addicts maintain recovery. Under the mentorship of Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., she decides to teach her friends how to balance on the Medicine Wheel. They learn to take stock of themselves physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, in an attempt to help balance and heal their lives.
In the beginning there is connection and hope, but unfortunately at the end of their time working with the Medicine Wheel, none are able to conquer their addictions nor substantially change their lives. Us and Them presents an extraordinary empathy and wisdom in the face of extreme challenges, and asks its audience to take a very real look at the capacity for self-change.
Krista Loughton has been passionately working on her first feature length documentary, Us and Them, over the past ten years. Conception began in 2006 when Loughton made Our Hero, a short film about Reverend Allen Tysick, a street minister who has dedicated his life to serving the poorest of the poor. In 2007 she made another short film, The New Our Place, about the building of a new facility for the street with 45 units of transitional housing, a drop in centre, and a food program. These films both won awards at the My Victoria Film Competition, put on by the Victoria Film Festival.
Loughton is the Programming and Community Liaison at CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers, and is a central figure in the local independent film scene in Victoria, BC. Loughton has also worked extensively as a producer, director, editor and videographer on many short independent narratives, documentaries and music videos. She owns and operates MindFuel Films Inc., in Victoria, BC.