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Nominated for Gemini Awards for Direction and Music


- Hot Docs Selection


- Selected Sydney Film Festival, Australia


- Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Documentary, Atlantic Film Festival

When the last of Cape Breton's once thriving coalmines shut down in the late 1990s, the shrinking population of Glace Bay faced chronic unemployment. While covering the crisis, celebrated photographer Nance Ackerman saw what she describes as the human cost of in a community struggling to come to terms with its loss of livlihood. It was a tragedy that haunted Ackerman long after her assignment was over. In her film, Ackerman reveals how easy it is for a society’s pain to carry over into a personal dependency on a potent little pill, the prescription painkiller OxyContin.


Directed and Written by: Nance Ackerman,

with the collaboration of Edward Buchanan

Producer: Annette Clarke

Editor: Angela Baker

Cinematography: Alain Dupras

Music: Jamie Alexander Alcorn, Nance Ackerman 

Unit Administrator: John Lutz

Executive Producer: Kent Martin


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