The Business of Recovery
ADAM FINBERG / 2015 / USA / 82 MINUTES / TORONTO PREMIERE / FILM RATING 18A
Tuesday November 8 / 6 PM
Art Gallery of Ontario / Jackman Hall (317 Dundas Street West, McCaul Street entrance)
PRODUCER GREG HORVATH IN PERSON!
We now live in a world where nearly everyone has attended at least one twelve-step meeting in either virtual or real time. If you haven't been there yourself, you've probably seen one on TV or heard all about it from a struggling friend or family member. But if addiction and its treatment are now the stuff of mainstream pop cultural currency, they're also the object of a growing and intensely competitive for-profit industry. And the aims of recovery and goals of industry aren't always – if you'll excuse the term – co-dependent. Most recovery programs insist on freeing oneself of worldly obsessions and overcoming ego, but how sincere or effective can they be if they're making millions not from eliminating addiction but capitalizing on it? Is addiction an illness too profitable to cure?
Screening with WHATEVER THE WEATHER
REMO SCHERRER / 2016 / GERMANY / 11 MINUTES / WATCH THE TRAILER!
Stark and striking black and white animated images illustrate a woman's recollections of childhood with an alcoholic mother.
Following the screening, there will a Q&A and discussion about the film with Producer Greg Horvath