IN CINEMA 22 – 25 SEPTEMBER
Fri 23 Sep 3pm. (Dis) Honesty: The truth About Lies BUY TICKETS
Fri 23 Sep 5pm. Generation Found BUY TICKETS
Sat 24 Sep 4pm. Call Me Lucky BUY TICKETS
Sun 25 Sep 3pm. Almost Holy BUY TICKETS
2016 is The South African Recovery Film Festival’s 4th year, and they are delighted to continue presenting documentary and feature films that explore themes of addiction and mental health issues in association with their main sponsors, the South African College Of Applied Psychology.
SARFF aims to educate and inform, to create debate and discussion – and to promote the solutions and successes of Recovery from the debilitating problems of addiction. They also hope to entertain and provide a safe space for people from all parts of the Recovery community to come together. The Festival aims to challenge the stigma and shame that surround addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues. They believe that stigma often drives ignorance of the conditions and makes access to help difficult, providing no space to celebrate the solutions.
SARFF will be donating R5 of each ticket sold to the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.
Fri 23 Sep 3pm. (DIS) Honesty: The Truth About Lies. Directed by: Yael Melamede (USA 2015 1hr 30m)
Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies’ is a film exploring the fascinating psychology of how and why people lie. Featuring the experiments of behavioral scientist Prof. Dan Ariely that measure our propensity to lie – sometimes even unknowingly, on a personal level, from little white lies to devastating deceits, people share on camera the true stories of lies they’ve told – and the consequences they have experienced. Experts examine with sensitivity, and humour, the reasons behind our behavior and the implications of our dishonesty. Recovery, we are told, is based on honesty, so how can we save ourselves from the traps everyone seems to fall into?
Fri 23 Sep 5pm. Generation Found. Directed by: Jeff Reilly, Greg D. Williams. (USA 2016 1hr 25m)
A powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community. Independently filmed over the course of two years, this film takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.
Sat 24 Sep 4pm. Call Me Lucky. Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait. (USA 2015 1hr 46m)
Call Me Lucky is the inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures: Barry Crimmins. A fearless, politically outspoken and whip-smart comic, Crimmins’ work in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. But beneath his gruff, hard- drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena. As a survivor of abuse, Crimmins found his unique path to recovery by not only noisily challenging government and internet corporations, but also quietly being there for others, walking with them on their own journeys. Crimmins pulls no punches in his quest to hold us all accountable for the world we share.
Sun 24 Sep 3pm. Almost Holy. Directed by: Steve Hoover. (Ukraine/USA 2016 1hr 40m)
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s social institutions crumbled under corrupt governments and a decaying infrastruc- ture. Many of the nation’s youth succumbed to drug addiction and alcoholism while losing their homes. Ukranian pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko took matters into his own hands, forcibly remov- ing children from the streets or unsuitable homes and taking them to his rehab and housing facility, Pilgrim Republic.