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Directed by Greg D. Williams

United States 2013 88 mins. In English

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is one of America’s most most prevalent yet ignored social and public health issues. Misunderstood by the mainstream media and largely defined by a highly constructed social stigma, over 23 million Americans live in long-term recovery from addiction—and those currently struggling with addiction are almost equal in number, yet by-and-large go untreated. The Anonymous People seeks to correct the narrative about addiction recovery, as more and more people emerge with strong stories to tell about their personal experiences with recovery. Williams’ heartfelt film offers a tender, hopeful portrait of a community of brave individuals who, through this film and many other efforts, are becoming increasingly less anonymous.

“A truly insightful and unforgettable look at the negative connotations surrounding addiction and recovery, and how we need to break through those barriers or else lives are going to continue to be lost, this picture features a great blend of insightful scholarly interviews as well as true life discussions of just what a great deal of good coming out and letting the world know you need help or how to find it can truly do. This is a real must-see documentary.”—Joshua Brunsting, Criterioncast

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Genres: Documentary

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