The Anonymous People Screening at Fairbanks
November 8, 2013
Have you heard about the recovery movement yet? People across the nation are standing up to fight the stigma of addiction. Fairbanks will host a screening of the movie “The Anonymous People” on Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. in the Fairbanks Recovery Center. We recently caught up with Leslie, a Fairbanks alumna and volunteer, who recently saw the film. Here’s what she had to say about it.
What inspired you to see the movie, “The Anonymous People?”
I was inspired by the fact that a documentary was even made. There isn’t a lot out there on the subject of addiction. Being one of the anonymous people, I was motivated to see it.
What were you anticipating before you saw the film?
I thought it would just be about people struggling with addiction and maybe some footage of meetings, but it was more about what people thought about addiction and changing that perception.
How did the film impact you?
It really made me think about what language we use to talk about addiction. I’ve switched to saying that I am in recovery because it is more positive and powerful.
Were you surprised by anything in the film?
I was surprised by learning the history of the recovery movement. I thought this movement was a new idea but it’s not. It’s something that started between the 40s and 50s.
How did you feel after seeing “The Anonymous People?”
I was so inspired walking out of there. I wanted to go out and change the world. I changed how I talked about my addiction and recovery to be sure that I am not reinforcing the stigma.
Would you encourage other people to go see it?
Yes. I say give it a chance and go in with an open mind. It really changed me. I feel like a different person after seeing it because it changed my mentality about addiction and recovery.