A First-time Filmmaker Captures the Horrors of his Friend’s Heroin Detox in Hairkutt

It’s a long way from the streets of inner-city St. Louis, Missouri to the trendy west side of Manhattan, New York City. It’s an even longer stretch to imagine the first film by a product of those tough streets would by courted by the prestigious NY Museum of Modern Art.

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More than 15 years ago when opiate abuse was a black inner city problem and addicts were criminals who were locked up. A documentary filmmaker had a vision to bring awareness to his community, his friends, his family, and moreover his own son.