Hosted by Kunstverein München, The People’s Detox will be available for viewing from March 8th to April 18th 2021.
About the Film
In her 2018 film The People’s Detox, Jenna Bliss uses documentary storytelling to explore the history of a revolutionary drug clinic in New York City in the 1970s that profoundly transformed contemporary notions of health and care.
In November 1970, Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was collectively occupied by local heroin addicts, revolutionary health organizations, the civil rights organization Young Lords, and members of the Black Panther Party. Through political education, the clinic examined the role of global politics in the influx of heroin into urban centers and proposed new drug treatments to replace established protocols that stand in direct relation to economically incentivized interests of the pharmaceutical industry. With the introduction of alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, the clinic helped transform the very apparatus of addiction and recovery.