BEVEL UP: DRUGS, USERS AND OUTREACH NURSING (D: Nettie Wild, Canada). 45 minutes. Tuesday (April 22), 7:15 pm; April 25, midnight, Innis. Rating: NNNN
Sometimes just watching people do their work is fascinating.In Bevel Up, street nurses assist drug users and sex workers, traversing the streets of Vancouver to hand out condoms, needles and compassion.
They do what they’re trained to do: find shelter, inject penicillin and, in one extraordinary sequence, explain to an addict how to inject safely – with the needle’s bevelled edge up.The film isn’t visually thrilling, but it is an essential 45-minute lesson in non-judgmental behaviour.