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In this feature-length documentary, photographer Nance Ackerman describes the havoc prescription painkiller OxyContin wreaked in the already weakened Cape Breton town of Glace Bay. The film guides us through a culture of economic and social depression where we encounter men and women at different stages of dependency. Demystifying the world of the addict while showing us the complex social nexus that led to such despair, Cottonland emphasizes the importance of a collective approach to tackling addiction.

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Cottonland, Nance Ackerman, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

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  • réalisateur
    Nance Ackerman
  • None
    Edward Buchanan
    Monique LeBlanc
    Julé Malet-Veale
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
    Nance Ackerman
    Melanie Lowe
    Claire Hodge
    Lillian Loppie
    Lisa Clarke
    Bonnie Druhan
  • producteur
    Annette Clarke
  • écriture
    Nance Ackerman
  • cinématographie
    Alain Dupras
  • monteur
    Angela Baker
  • son
    Aram Kouyoumdjian
    Eva Madden
    Jane Porter
    John Rosborough
    Alex Salter
  • narrateur
    Edward Buchanan
  • superviseur de production
    Patricia Coughran
  • photographie additionnelle
    Edward Buchanan
    Kent Nason
  • régisseur
    Jan Nathanson
  • musicien
    Nance Ackerman
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
    David Burton
    Jamie Gatti
  • recherche de documents d'archives
    Leanne Fitzgerald
    Jan Nathanson
  • supervision de la postproduction
    Roz Power
  • réalisation graphique
    Roz Power
  • coordonnateur technique
    Patricia Coughran
  • montage son
    John Rosborough
  • monteur en ligne
    Doug Woods
  • mixeur
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • étalonnage vidéo
    Power Post
  • commis de studio
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • agent, marketing
    Amy Stewart Gallant
  • administrateur de centre
    John William Lutz
  • producteur exécutif
    Kent Martin

  • None

    I really like how this video was done. I know the daily struggles of addictions all too well. I have going on 6 years clean and this really hit me and reminded me of where I came from and how easy it would be to go back to that life. So I just wanted to say thank you. I hope all is going good with everyone in this video

    None, 1 Mar 2022
  • MichaelMcleod

    Nance Ackerman's excellent re-mastering of Kenzie MacNeil's song "the island" at the end of the documentary is somewhat addicting in itself. I had it on my "PVR", and had to listen to it 3 times in a row. Would be nice to hear a full version of it.

    MichaelMcleod, 13 Nov 2015
  • TammyFlores

    I have lived "away" from Cape Breton for about 25 years now. I left because there was "no hope" there. There was nothing for young ones to look forward to. So we moved. The next generation after us had it worse. My brother was a victim to this societal experiment. He passed away December 12th, 2009. Some people may question my use of the term societal experiment, but I can't see any other term for what happened to my home town. To hear Dr. Crawford say things like we were "conned" and he was naive makes me sick to my stomach. That's just a pushers way of mitigating blame. Yes I am bitter and angry that my brother didn't have a chance. We his family loved him and it was doctors like Crawford that took him from us.

    TammyFlores, 18 Jan 2013
  • GinnyB

    Thank you for sharing your stories.

    GinnyB, 23 Avr 2012
  • 3reddots

    There for the grace of god go I I left Glace Bay 20 years ago, I knew, drank, and drugged with people in this film, I am so glad I left. The film didn't touch on the issue of culture, too bad, the culture of Cape Breton allows for and incourages alcohol abuse. Manhood is measured in how much you can drink and how well you can fight. The rest of Canada is easy for us........ but it can be lonely.

    3reddots, 19 Fév 2012
  • Lovemytown

    I live here - all my life -born in 1950 and am so saddened by this film- but know it is a reality- but we often turn a blind eye with rose colored glasses. To those who fought their battle and won - I have great respect for your courage and stength. For those who lost their battle- I feel empathy for their family- and Dr Crawford - you are awesome - keep on believing !!! We live in pardise.

    Lovemytown, 29 Mar 2011
  • miarrem

    My brother has recently undergone a horrible battle with drug addiction - one that has deeply affected his family,his children. This happens to anyone - it is not just poor families. Its awful and its a lifelong struggle. Family support and methodone treatment has given him back a life. We're so thankful to have him back but also recognize that he will confront this his whole life. Drug addiction is so pervasive it's scary.

    miarrem, 30 Aoû 2010

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