On Wednesday, Feb. 15, L&L Media’s second evening of Learn Through Film will continue at the Ridgefield Library. The continuing series features a screening of Joachim Trier’s film Oslo, August 31st (90 min., NR 2012) and discussion on how recovering addicts are released from rehabilitation facilities. The post conversation includes moderators First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Western Connecticut State University Professors George Kain, Marilyn Kain, LCSW and Donna and Matt DeLuca of C.A.R.E.S. (Community Addiction & Recovery Education & Support). Warning against relapse is a grave concern now as street drugs like heroin are now “cut” with lethal combinations of other chemicals, including fentanyl. Recovering addicts who relapse after abstinence are at a significant risk of dying. This discussion will focus on how community programs can assist recovering addicts in “getting back into life and making different choices.” Warning signals for mental illness, which is often seen as the harbinger of drug addiction, will be addressed. Lastly, the role of parental engagement (and enabling) in assisting recovering addicts will also be covered.
LTF, in the third year at the library, approaches the political, legal and moral issues of our time by using great films to incite audience discussion and engagement. On February 15, the audience will watch newly recovered Anders (played by Anders Danielson Lie) struggle with clinical depression as he re-visits the city of his childhood in a 24-hour period. Afterwards, they will be given an opportunity to ask questions about the character’s decisions throughout the day.