Crazywater (Clip)

Crazywater (Clip)

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After years of struggle and shame, five Indigenous Canadians are bravely telling their stories. Crazywater is an emotional and revealing exploration of substance abuse among Indigenous people in Canada, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen. Rarely have their own perspectives on the sensitive topic of alcoholism been presented in such an honest and forthright manner. Dennis introduces 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. Drinking and drug use were Stephen's way of burying the childhood trauma he couldn't bear. For Paula and Desirae-two mothers with a dark history of addiction-family becomes the key to breaking the cycle of abuse. Like his subjects, the director himself is a recovering alcoholic. Dennis describes his decades-long battle with alcoholism, which began when he took his first drink-when he was only a boy. The survivors maintain a deep and devoted commitment to their traditional cultures as a means to achieving long-term sobriety. Through their voices, this insightful documentary offers an inspirational beacon of hope for those whose lives have been affected by addiction.

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

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  • 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