"It is one of the best films of 2020 so far. This may have been the first truly great film I saw for Slamdance. It is a film that haunted me for days after I saw it. It is a tough tough film about what drugs are doing to society."
"Director Hasan Oswald follows his subjects across several years, during which they repeatedly try to crawl out of the abyss, only to backslide into it. Observing without ever passing judgment, he nevertheless makes it clear that in this underprivileged environment, it’s far too easy to choose getting high over facing the challenges of everyday life."
"Americans exist in this condition. Big Pharma aggressively markets addictive, profitable pain meds, and these ubiquitous drugs have seeped down into abandoned places and people. That these people are invisible and unknown is disgusting beyond the pale. Hasan Oswald shows us this life in Higher Love and calls us to action. Above all, holy shit, in the name of whatever gods may be, bless Daryl Gantt. Wherever you are, sir, we salute you. Here’s hoping life ahead is good to you and your son."
"Most stories need a point of view and with that point of view comes a set of morals and beliefs that angle the focus. For a documentary – or any film for that matter – to expel bias, there must be a highly nuanced approach that allows all views, in equal measure, in one space. Hasan Oswald’s HIGHER LOVE achieves just that."
"Oswald’s award-winning film, “Higher Love,” is a captivating piece that sheds light on the opioid epidemic occupying the streets of Camden, NJ. It brilliantly constructs a story about the space within Camden and a love story into a 78 minutes documentary... With love, family and human experience at the core of the film, it leaves viewers with an everlasting perspective on the tragedy of drug addiction."
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