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Cottonland [videorecording (DVD)] / directed by Nance Ackerman in collaboration with Eddie Buchanan ; producer, Annette Clarke.


Public Safety Canada Library



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HV 5819 C6 2006d




1 videodisc (54 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)


This documentary shows the complex social nexus that contributes to addiction and how easily social dependency carries over into a personal dependency on drugs -- in this case the prescription painkiller OxyContin. When Cape Breton's once thriving coalmines shut down in the late 1990s, inhabitants of Glace Bay faced chronic unemployment. Recovering addict Eddie Buchanan guides us through a culture of despair. We encounter a number of smart, self-aware men and women at different stages of dependency. Some have managed to shift to the detoxifying effects of methadone; others remain in thrall to the power of their addiction. While not absolving the addict of responsibility, the program does draw a coherent line between economic and social depression and shows the conditions under which addiction thrives. If a combination of social and economic factors increase the likelihood of dependency, a strong and cohesive social network can help people to resist. Ironically, this network exists in the neighbouring Native community of Membertou, where the economy is flourishing and a culture of hope thrives after generations of despair. Cottonland emphasizes the importance of collective approach to the problems of addiction and dependency. Ultimately, Cottonland affirms the power of possibility.



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