Dope Sick Love

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If ever there was a romanticization of drug use, this should cure it. Dope Sick Love (DCTV, HBO) follows two heroin addicted couples as they eek out an existance in New York City – scoring dope, shooting up and prostituting themselves to buy more drugs. The term “dope sick” refers to the feelings of illness addicts experience when they get desperate for a fix. It’s a longing more powerful than the bonds between partners, making this a gruesome look at the reality of these couples' lives. Filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud followed Matt and Tracey and Sebastian and Michelle around the streets and squats of Greenwich Village for 18 months to create this film. In gritty cinema verite style, there are no film effects or narration. It’s just the four people as they try to cope. Tracey’s parents try to get her out of the environment by renting the couple an apartment in Brooklyn, but they struggle to leave their addictions behind. The film screens (5 p.m. Fri., July 25) at Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-9070; www.ashecac.org). Admission is free.

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