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Arlene and her work at the Garden on East Hastings between Main and Columbia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, April of AHA MEDIA speaks with Arlene, a volunter gardener who helps lend a hand to tending the garden on East Hastings between Main and Columbia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES). Arlene says it’s very rewarding! :)

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

Clyde talks about his long hair – which is sacred in his Gitsxan First Nation Aboriginal Spiritual Beliefs

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, Clyde Wright, Reporter for AHA MEDIA speaks with April about his long hair and how it remains a strong part of his spiritual beliefs as part of his traditional Gitsxan First Nations Aborginal identity. He was very close to his grandmother who helped schooled him in his spiritual, sacred beliefs

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen handing out food at Main and Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

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In this video, Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen hands out meals between Carnergie Centre and the Health Contact Centre on Sunday June 28, 2009 to hungry residents in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) http://www.gurunanaksfreekitchen.com/FAQ.aspx

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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Roy speaks about horrible living conditions in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) SRO Hotel

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, Roy ( who declined to be filmed ) speaks about the horrible living conditions which include bed bugs, rats and cockroaches that he and his partner face.

What is even more surprising is how his rent jumped $65 dollars extra  and how he lives on just $100 a month for support!!

Roy’s personal story is just one of the indications that gentrification and homelessness are becoming more apparent in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

Hendrik Beune introduces Upwords Magazine from LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

June 27, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, Hendrik Beune introduces Upwords Magazine written by DTES Commnity folks about issues regarding the area from poverty, addiction and homeless issues.

It’s nice to see published work of DTES people’s stories and Hendrik Beune wrote an editorial in Upwords Magazine.  AHA MEDIA enjoys peer training others in making their own media. :)

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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