The South African Recovery Film Festival 2016
22 – 25 September
The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town
The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg
2016 is our 4th year and we are delighted to continue presenting documentary and feature films that explore themes of addiction and mental health issues in association with our main sponsors, the South African College Of Applied Psychology, and our supporting sponsors – Prospect Hill, The Mindfulness Centre, TB/HIV Care Association, Life Matters Outpatient, The Foundation Clinic – Sharp, World Without Wine, Ixande, Recovery Outcomes and Start 2 Stop.
SARFF aims to educate and inform, to create debate and discussion – and to promote the solutions and successes of Recovery from the debilitating problems of addiction. We also hope to entertain and provide a safe space for people from all parts of the Recovery community to come together.
We welcome friends in established recovery, those new to the choice, professionals, practitioners and policy makers, and of course people who enjoy film, to all our screenings. The Festival aims to challenge the stigma and shame that surround addiction, alcoholism and mental health issues. We believe that stigma often drives ignorance of the conditions and makes access to help difficult, providing no space to celebrate the solutions.
A thriving Recovery Movement in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia has encouraged the organisers to continue to grow the Festival this year and to welcome the involvement of “home grown” recovery initiatives, Recovery Ally Cape Town, Sober & Sexy and The Cape Town Recovery Walk and Second Chance as well as grass root community organisations such as 1 Million Strong.
We hope you enjoy our diverse offering of films relating to addiction, recovery and mental health issues and encourage you to join our after film talks and take part in the Audience Choice Award by rating the films you see on the slips provided, enjoy the Festival and thank you for your support.
In response to audience feedback this year we have devised symbols to caution which films include graphic drug use, euphoric scenes and strong language.
SARFF is pleased to be donating R5 of each ticket sold to the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.
The South African Recovery Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).