Film explores extent of drug, substance abuse problem

2019-02-19 06:01
Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre director Ashley Potts and film maker, Marius van de Wall.PHOTO: Samantha lee

Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre director Ashley Potts and film maker, Marius van de Wall.PHOTO: Samantha lee

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Local film maker Marius van de Wall has teamed up with the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre (CTDCC) to create a documentary around substance addiction, abuse and recovery.

The documentary is still in its infancy, with van de Wall only having started filming on Thursday last week.

Doing it out of his pocket, van de Wall says there is no specified time limit to the filming of the project as yet.

“This story will tell itself. I want to see the extent of the drug problem and look into what the different solutions are. If there are no solutions, we also want to say that,” says van de Wall.

He is looking for residents to come forward to tell their stories of substance abuse.

Ashley Potts, CTDCC director says he agreed for the organisation to be a part of the documentary because it will educate residents on the issue.

“We agreed because there are many people making uneducated noise. We mean no disrespect by that but with this we can educate them correctly and guide the conversation. There is a massive drug problem in the country and we want this to be the best of both worlds, giving hope to families and addicts,” says Potts.

Van de Wall says he wants the documentary to be told in the words of those going through the struggle.

Potts says they are ideally looking for people who are fresh in recovery, parents or addicts and addicts themselves.

V If you would like to tell your story, call or message Potts on 082 887 6440.

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