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This feature-length documentary from Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen is an emotional and revealing exploration of addiction among Indigenous people in Canada.

After years of struggle and shame, 5 Indigenous Canadians bravely come forward with their stories of substance abuse, presenting the sensitive topic of alcoholism in an honest and forthright manner. Alex, Paula, Desirae, Stephen, and Dennis himself maintain a deep and devoted commitment to their traditional culture to achieve long-term sobriety. Through their voices, this insightful doc offers an inspirational beacon of hope for others.

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  • writer
    Dennis Allen
  • director
    Dennis Allen
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • editor
    Carmen Pollard
  • director of photography
    Kirk Tougas
  • sound design
    Gael MacLean
  • sound supervision
    Gael MacLean
  • sound recordist
    Chris Rodgers
    Jeff Carter
    Jeff Henschel
    Mike Filippov
  • additional photography
    Allan Code
    Mike Mckinlay
    Kyle Pigeau
  • digital imaging technician
    Jonathan Staav
  • motion designer
    Vern Giammartino
  • production manager
    Catrina Longmuir
  • transcription
    Trace Sitter
  • archival research
    Found Images Research
  • music clearances
    Found Images Research
  • dialogue editor
    Doug Paterson
  • re-recording mixer
    Doug Paterson
  • foley editor
    Jeremy Butler
  • assistant sound editor
    Jeremy Butler
  • music editor
    Gael MacLean
  • post-production services
    Finale Editworks
  • colourist
    Lorne Wright
  • production coordinator
    Karen Downing
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Jennifer Roworth
  • centre operations manager
    Janine Steele
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen
    Michelle van Beusekom

  • Sofia M Cayuqueo

    I have watched this film about three times now. It is beautiful, touching and eyeopening. Thank you to everyone who shared their story and who talked about very personal parts of their lives. I'm sure it was not easy to do. It brought tears to my eyes but also lots of love and hope. Again, beautiful film.

    Sofia M Cayuqueo , 8 Apr 2019
  • Alejandra

    This film was beautifully created and really shined a light on the life of our First Nations people and the importance of their culture that brings internal and external support to the individual and the community.

    Alejandra, 21 Nov 2018
  • Leslikianna

    This film is about my family my uncle made this film and it is really heart touching

    Leslikianna, 23 Nov 2015
  • cliner

    A very tight film for an interview style narrative documentary. Honest, real, true to life.

    cliner, 23 Nov 2014
  • Wapscawkihewawasis

    Great job of bringing the reality of our First Nation people to light. Hats off to the courage of the people who took part and shared their story.

    Wapscawkihewawasis, 17 Jul 2014