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Dope Is Death

Co-presented with the Bright Lights Film Series at Emerson: The story of how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of Tupac Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America in 1973 – a visionary project eventually deemed too dangerous to exist.

Available Online: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Director: Mia Donovan
Film Details: 2020, 81 minutes

Tickets are FREE and will be available starting at 12 PM EST on the day of the screening HERE. Tickets are limited to 175, so register as soon as the film is available to watch! A live conversation with Director Mia Donovan will follow the screening.

If you have any questions on how to view the film or when it’s available, visit here. | Trailer

World Premiere at 2020 True/False Film Festival. Official selection of CPH: DOX, and Hot Docs.

About Dope is Death:

In 1973, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America. This form of radical harm reduction was a revolutionary act toward the government programs that transfixed the lives of black and brown communities throughout the South Bronx. Dope is Death utilizes an abundant archive while giving us insight into how the acupuncture clinic rose to prominence and, despite funding challenges, still functions to this day. Some of those who benefited from the program became acupuncturists themselves. Dr. Mutulu’s legacy is cemented within this profound story of community healing and activism.

“In telling of how the marginalized found an effective form of detox, Dope is Death, offers a refreshing release of its own in airing this unbelievable hidden history and illuminating the reasons it’s gone this long under the radar with real electricity.” Stephen Saito, A Moveable Fest


Mia Donovan Select Filmography
Dope is Death (2020)
Deprogrammed (2015)
Inside Laura Roxx (2011)