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Synopsis: Vancouver, British Columbia – home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, one of Canada’s hottest housing markets, and a garish open drug market that has existed in the city for decades.
If you haven’t walked over the crosshairs of Hastings and Main Streets yourself, The Decline provides a sharp and authentic look onto the Downtown East Side that you won’t see on the news.

We follow an impressive lineage of expert voices speaking directly about their lived experiences in the halls of an overdose crisis. Doctors, activists, community leaders, and user succinctly carry us through our Nation’s failure to address the state of Vancouver’s DTES, and drug policy as a whole. These voices all speak so clearly and without hesitation because: they’ve said it all before. This crisis has been building momentum and the effort has amassed an overwhelming and unified spirit of exhaustion.

An earnest and uncomplicated PSA for Canadians. All of the grassroots efforts are burning out, and The Decline serves as a final siren to the folks at the top – it’s your turn to act.



Run Time

96 minutes

Director's Statement

The Decline is a documentary that studies the ever-growing overdose epidemic plaguing Vancouver and many other North American cities. With no clear solutions and increasing overdoses, society is desperate for action. This film looks to unravel the complex and intersecting problems of mental illness, homelessness, addiction and gentrification by speaking with politicians, front line workers and experts.

Director's Bio

Sean Patrick Shaul is an independent filmmaker based in Vancouver, Canada. Shaul has produced and directed three feature length documentaries, OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SAY… MR. CHI PIG (2009), ALONE UP THERE (2012), and FUCK YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY (2018) the short form TV documentaries SILENT LEGEND: THE MACK SENNETT STORY (2016) and CATCH THE WESTBOUND TRAIN (2013). Sean has had films screen in festivals all over the world and is the recipient of numerous awards. He has secured distribution deals and licensed his films to Amazon Prime, Canal, CBC Documentary Channel, Hollywood Suite, Super Channel and Knowledge Network. His passion for independent film-making drives him to continue to make films with integrity and devotion.

Kayvon Saremi is an Iranian-Canadian filmmaker with considerable experience in many aspects of the business. With both an artistic and business-oriented eye, his talents revolve mostly in the areas of direction, production, cinematography and composing. Kayvon’s recent film credits include the feature length documentaries THE DECLINE (2019 – Co-Director/Producer) and F**K YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORY (2018 – Producer/Composer) and the short films LONESOME PLACES (2020 – Producer), DEPRESSION SUCKS (2018 – Producer) and ETHER (2017 – Director).

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