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Biseau vers le haut

Biseau vers le haut

| 45 min

Biseau vers le haut suit des infirmières itinérantes qui prodiguent des soins dans les rues de Vancouver. Le documentaire invite les spectateurs à considérer leurs attitudes et leurs croyances personnelles à l’égard des personnes qui consomment de la drogue et à réfléchir aux façons dont ces opinions influent sur les relations dans la prestation des soins de santé.

Biseau vers le haut comprend 10 sélections éducatives accompagnées d’entrevues avec des experts et des infirmières qui réfléchissent sur leur pratique et leur attitude, ainsi qu’un Guide pédagogique proposant des questions à débattre en classe et des activités d’apprentissage.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • direction
    Nettie Wild
  • producer
    Fiona Gold
    Juanita Maginley
    Betsy Carson
    Nettie Wild
    Svend-Erik Eriksen
  • executive producer
    Rina Fraticelli


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Ages 15 to 18

Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education
Health/Personal Development - Substance Use and Abuse/Addiction
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs

Bevel Up addresses many key issues, including:

  • relational nursing and how to build trust with people who are marginalized because of drug use and addiction;
  • social policies that drive illicit drug use and increase harm to people who use drugs;
  • the social construction of addiction and the healthcare impact on people who use drugs;
  • harm-reduction policies and programs, including needle exchange, opioid replacement therapy and supervised injection;
  • approaches to addiction treatment in Canada as compared to other countries.

 Suggestions for viewing

 Here are some issues, questions and themes to reflect on while watching Bevel Up:

1.      The relational skills nurses use

  • Non-judgement, respect via choices and partnering, empathy, listening, humour, attending to relational power.

2.      The social policies related to criminalization of drugs

  • Forcing people to buy what they need in the black market, driving the “opioid crisis.”

3.      The social construction of addiction

  • What is addiction? What does it look like in people’s lives?
  • Why are some drugs and substances legal and others illegal?
  • Why are some “addictive-like” behaviours acceptable and others not?
  • How do our attitudes and beliefs around addiction impact our relationships with people who use drugs?

4.      Approaches to addiction treatment

  • How do different countries approach addiction treatment (methadone, opioid replacement, low-barrier needle exchange, access to supervised injection, decriminalization and regulation)?
  • How does addressing social determinants of health impact health (housing, poverty, social inclusion/stigma)?

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