Stigmatic: Our Opioid Crisis
In Bay City and Saginaw the number of people addicted to opioids has raised to a point where it is now affecting not just the individual but also their family members and the community in which they live. In Stigmatic we look at the details of this problem through interviews with recovering addicts, affected family/community members, and city officials as they discus how we can come together and solve this problem.
This film was great for a number of reasons but I think the most important is that they look at all sides of this issue. I happen to think that people make mistakes and, depending on the severity of these mistakes, people deserve chances to be able to fix the mistakes made. We also see the other side and look at the logistics of providing rehab programs, if they are financially feasible and whether or not they are truly affective. Looking at the multiple sides of this complex issue is what makes this documentary a great bit of filmmaking.
This documentary follows the lives of an artist, an educator, and a reformed drug dealer living in the infamous Flint, MI.
This was by no means a bad documentary. I enjoyed it but also thought it could have been so much more. We connect with each of the characters by observing their day to day activities and how they cope in a city with a high crime rate and ongoing water crisis. This is where the film excels. I guess I was hoping for a little more information about the actual problems that affect the city. Continue reading “HHM 2017 – Day 3”