Friday, October 28, 2011

Film Breaks Drug Addiction "Silence"

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By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—One of the numerous things Noube Rateau, a Brockton High graduate and producer for Brockton Community Access, learned during the 6 to 8 months he and two other friends spent filming “Silence,” a documentary about drugs and addiction, was the people who escaped the cycle of addiction, mostly did it through education.
“It seemed like the best way to stay away from it or not get involved in it, is education,” Rateau said after the premiere of “Silence” held Tuesday night at Bridgewater State University, where Rateau graduated in 2006.
“Education always seemed to be the outlet,” Rateau said.
The documentary is filmed in Brockton and features Brockton residents from various walks-of-life who tell their stories, often heart-breaking, of their own addictions, or that of their parents, or other family or friends, and how it has affected their lives—-in essence, breaking the silence and stigma that is often attached to addiction.
“Silence,” not only deals with so-called gangster associated, street-level heroin, crack and methamphetamine, but also the scourge of alcohol and prescription pills.
One man, in his mid-20s, tells of his mother’s addiction and how he had to become father, brother and breadwinner to his siblings when he was 11-years-old.
A 20-something woman tells how a close male friend drugged her and then raped her in a horrible and humiliating fashion.
Larry Curtis, who ran for councilor-at-large in 2009, and his wife Peg share the harrows of their son’s addiction, the costs—emotional and financial--of numerous rehab attempts.
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