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Film 'Let Me Fall' delves into addiction, responsibility and choice

Image Copyright: Icelandic Film Company and Baldvin Z. Used with permission.

Drug abuse and the pain and hopelessness that accompany it are topics we don't often find ourselves talking about. And yet drug-related deaths are very real and in some places on the rise. The national institute on drug abuse in the U.S. calls the misuse of illegal and prescription-based drugs a national crisis and it exists in Canada too -- the risks and the impact are significant. This tragic reality is affecting families and communities and putting a significant strain on health systems.

Clearly the spiral downwards can come quickly and getting help means different things to different people. Listening, understanding and reaching out are critical to those in need as we so often don't know how to serve others who are suffering from substance abuse of any kind. Friendly and professional support is essential for anyone coping with addictions of various sorts. The question is, how can we speak into a situation like this wisely and well?

Baldvin and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new beautiful and challenging new film Let me Fall, drug addiction, responsibility, life changing moments, choice and why everything we do has a consequence that can affect others.

Told over several decades Baldvin Z's film Let Me Fall focuses on a young woman by the name of Magnea and her lengthy struggle with addiction, a condition she is lured into as a teenager by hip, assured Stella, Magnea's soulmate and nemesis. The film's fractured narrative style takes us inside the traumatic experiences leading to Magnea's dire straits. The effect is nothing less than heartbreaking. Drawing on true stories and interviews with the families of people struggling with addiction, this harrowing portrait of addiction follows Stella and Magnea through the decades as precarious teenage years morph into perilous adulthoods.

Few portraits of addiction and failed friendship are as devastating as Let Me Fall, which shows in chilling detail how the vulnerable are preyed upon, particularly by those hiding behind religion. Based on true stories and interviews with the families of people struggling with addiction, Let Me Fall was also inspired by the 1980s hit Christiane F. Its unflinching view of addiction makes it one of those rare films that transcends its source material.

About the Director:

Award-winning Baldvin Z is one of the most prominent directors in Iceland. In the last six years Baldvin has written and directed two feature films, and directed two popular television series. He has garnered worldwide attention with over 40 film awards, internationally, and 18 of those are Edda awards (the Icelandic Film and Television Academy Awards).

Recently he completed directing Island Songs for Universal Studios, and Beyond Strength, an independent documentary. Baldvin is currently working on a new television series for Glass River.

Image Copyright: Icelandic Film Company and Baldvin Z. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound and TIFF's Steve Gravestock.

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