Part of the
Our Health Film and Discussion Series
A partnership between Frontier and Mid Coast Hospital and Access Health, this film series features films that shine a spotlight on important health topics for the Midcoast region.
Our Health Film Series presents The Anonymous People
Directed by Greg D. Williams
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
Disclaimer: No member of a 12-step fellowship is identified as such in the film, and no footage has been taken inside meetings held by 12-step fellowships. The project team has deep respect and admiration for the long-standing, beautiful tradition of anonymity at the level of film. The project uses the lessons learned from The New Recovery Advocacy Movement to uphold this sacred trust, while presenting various perspectives of what this tradition means for people in recovery. It is an undeniable fact that recovery is bigger than any one particular pathway, and the issues we must overcome together are bigger than any single component of recovery.
Tues April 10 | 7pm