This feature documentary, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen, is an emotional, honest, and revealing exploration of substance abuse among First Nations people in Canada. We meet Alex, Stephen, Paula and Desirae, who courageously share their experiences. Alex's struggles with alcoholism were an attempt to forget the abuse he suffered at a residential school. Stephen was trying to bury a childhood trauma. For Paula and Desirae, two mothers with a history of addiction, family becomes the key to breaking the cycle of abuse. Like his subjects, the director himself is a recovering alcoholic. Ultimately, all the survivors in this film maintain a deep and devoted commitment to their traditional Aboriginal cultures as a means to achieving long-term sobriety.

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Dennis Allen
Dennis Allen
Selwyn Jacob
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
archival research
Found Images Research
re-recording mixer
Doug Paterson
executive producer
Tracey Friesen
Michelle van Beusekom


  • 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

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