Film fest at Labia touches on addiction

2017-09-12 06:00

The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival returns for its fifth year, continuing its focus on films about addiction and mental health.

The festival is taking place at the Labia in the city centre from Friday 22 to Monday 25 September.

The festival, which has once again partnered with the South African College of Applied Psychology, aims to educate, entertain, inform and promote solutions for recovery from addiction and other mental health problems. It is part of the International Recovery Month initiative, which includes thousands of events around the world.

“Everyone knows someone who is negatively affected by substance abuse. Process addictions such as sex, gambling, eating problems, gaming and technology are seemingly increasing and the prevalence of stress, depression and other mental health issues across society are hard to deny. The problems are all too evident, and the impacts on every level of society all too obvious. However, the solutions are too seldom celebrated,” says festival organiser Dougie Dudgeon.

“In the Mother City, we have once again invited the Recovery Walk Cape Town participants to finish their annual event with us at the Labia on 25 September as we believe in the importance of celebrating ­recovery.

“The Recovery Film Festival can help people understand addiction, and recovery, so we welcome those in recovery, family, friends, health care professionals, carers of all types, policy makers, law enforcement, and, most of all, anyone who likes good films.”

The festival opens with multi-award winner The Peacemaker. The film’s subject, Prof Padraig O’Malley, has strong links with South Africa, and famously brought both sides in the Irish peace process to Arniston in the Western Cape to a conference hosted by former president Nelson Mandela in the lead up to the historic Good Friday Agreement which finally brought peace and reconciliation to Northern Ireland.

O’Malley was a long-term alcoholic who established his recovery in South Africa and used the tools he learnt for personal recovery in his international peacekeeping work.

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