“Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis” Film Screenings “Heroin(e)” & “Recovery Boys”

March 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm


As part of events planned for Arts Monongahela’s gallery opening “Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis”, we are partnering with the Morgantown Public Library on March 15 from 6 to 9 PM to screen Heroin(e) and Recovery Boys. These are both lauded documentaries treating the opioid crisis in Appalachia.

The gallery opening at 201 High St. features over 25 visual artists sharing work representing their own perspectives on the opioid crisis impacting individuals and families across West Virginia and elsewhere.

About the films:

Heroin(e) – https://youtu.be/khSO7qEKbvo

Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs — one of hope. Sheldon highlights three women working to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. Fire Chief Jan Rader spends the majority of her days reviving those who have overdosed; Judge Patricia Keller presides over drug court, handing down empathy along with orders; and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry feeds meals to the women selling their bodies for drugs. As America’s opioid crisis threatens to tear communities apart, the Netflix original short documentary Heroin(e) shows how the chain of compassion holds one town together.

Recovery Boys – https://youtu.be/XSS9kYipRLk

In the heart of America’s opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug abuse. Recovery Boys, from Academy Award nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Heroin(e)), is an intimate look at the strength, brotherhood, and courage that it takes to overcome addiction and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery. In an effort to break the cycle of generational addiction and trauma, the young men let go of painful pasts as they live in the present, and build a new community in a farming-based rehab. After rehab, they experience life’s trials and tribulations sober, but struggle to find their place and purpose in an often unforgiving society. In today’s world, where shocking statistics about the opioid crisis make headlines daily, Recovery Boys gives a deeply personal look into the unseen lives of those working toward transformation.

This event is free of charge.

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Location Details:

Morgantown Public Library
373 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV, USA

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