“How can anyone understand us if we don't tell our own story?” Inuit filmmaker Dennis Allen courageously tells the story of native substance addiction with raw openness and specificity, from his own first drink of stolen Communion wine at age twelve to Desirae, a foster child at five due to generations of alcoholism, who struggles as an adult to give up her habit with mixed results. Why watch this film? Because understanding is necessary before support and change are possible. Because amid the sadness and repeated failure there are glimmers of hope, and even some glowing examples of freedom from the craziness.
Photos: Teri Snelgrove