Doin’ My Drugs Movie 2020

IMDb Rating:  approximately 7.1

“Doin’ My Drugs” is a documentary film directed by Tyler Q. Rosen, released in 2019. The documentary provides an intimate and moving portrait of the Canadian musician and songwriter Gord Downie during his battle with terminal brain cancer. It chronicles his courageous journey, creative spirit, and dedication to raising awareness about indigenous issues in Canada.


The documentary follows Gord Downie’s life after his diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite his illness, Downie remains dedicated to his music and his commitment to addressing the injustices faced by indigenous communities in Canada. He embarks on a nationwide tour, “The Secret Path,” to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young indigenous boy who died while attempting to escape a residential school. Through his music and activism, Downie brings attention to the history of mistreatment of indigenous peoples in Canada.


“Doin’ My Drugs” explores themes of resilience, activism, the healing power of music, and the importance of addressing indigenous issues. It offers a poignant reflection on the impact one person can have in advocating for social change, even in the face of a life-threatening illness.


  • The documentary features Gord Downie as himself, along with his bandmates, friends, and indigenous activists who share their perspectives.

Director and Production Team

  • Director: Tyler Q. Rosen
  • Producers: Tyler Q. Rosen, Jennifer Baichwal, and others


“Doin’ My Drugs” has been praised for its heartfelt portrayal of Gord Downie’s journey and its exploration of the reconciliation efforts between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians. It is recognized for its emotional depth and the impact of Downie’s music and activism.

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