In this feature-length documentary, photographer Nance Ackerman describes the havoc prescription painkiller OxyContin wreaked in the already weakened Cape Breton town of Glace Bay. The film guides us through a culture of economic and social depression where we encounter men and women at different stages of dependency. Demystifying the world of the addict while showing us the complex social nexus that led to such despair, Cottonland emphasizes the importance of a collective approach to tackling addiction.

Film Credits

Nance Ackerman
Annette Clarke
Nance Ackerman
Alain Dupras
Angela Baker
Aram Kouyoumdjian
Eva Madden
Jane Porter
John Rosborough
Alex Salter
Edward Buchanan
Monique LeBlanc
original music composer
Jamie Alexander Alcorn
archival research
Leanne Fitzgerald
Jan Nathanson
sound editor
John Rosborough
Jean Paul Vialard
executive producer
Kent Martin

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  • TammyFlores

    “I have lived "away" from Cape Breton for about 25 years now. I left because there was "no hope" there. There was nothing for young ones to look forward to. So we moved. The next generation after us had it worse. My brother was a victim to this societal experiment. He passed away December 12th, 2009. Some people may question my use of the term societal experiment, but I can't see any other term for what happened to my home town. To hear Dr. Crawford say things like we were "conned" and he was naive makes me sick to my stomach. That's just a pushers way of mitigating blame. Yes I am bitter and angry that my brother didn't have a chance. We his family loved him and it was doctors like Crawford that took him from us.” — TammyFlores, 18 Jan 2013

  • GinnyB

    “Thank you for sharing your stories. ” — GinnyB, 23 Apr 2012

  • 3reddots

    “There for the grace of god go I I left Glace Bay 20 years ago, I knew, drank, and drugged with people in this film, I am so glad I left. The film didn't touch on the issue of culture, too bad, the culture of Cape Breton allows for and incourages alcohol abuse. Manhood is measured in how much you can drink and how well you can fight. The rest of Canada is easy for us........ but it can be lonely. ” — 3reddots, 19 Feb 2012

  • Lovemytown

    “I live here - all my life -born in 1950 and am so saddened by this film- but know it is a reality- but we often turn a blind eye with rose colored glasses. To those who fought their battle and won - I have great respect for your courage and stength. For those who lost their battle- I feel empathy for their family- and Dr Crawford - you are awesome - keep on believing !!! We live in pardise.” — Lovemytown, 29 Mar 2011

  • miarrem

    “My brother has recently undergone a horrible battle with drug addiction - one that has deeply affected his family,his children. This happens to anyone - it is not just poor families. Its awful and its a lifelong struggle. Family support and methodone treatment has given him back a life. We're so thankful to have him back but also recognize that he will confront this his whole life. Drug addiction is so pervasive it's scary. ” — miarrem, 30 Aug 2010

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