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The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival 2017

22 – 25 September

The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg

Welcome to the 5th Recovery Film Festival in Cape Town.

There have been some changes in the management of The Recovery Film Festival as Cape Town has sadly said goodbye to Dougie Dudgeon who returned to London earlier this year. Dougie found his recovery in Cape Town and 5 years ago founded the Recovery Film Festival. He also has been involved with the Recovery Walk Cape Town since its inception.

That we benefit from our own and others’ recovery seems almost too obvious to mention. Dougie’s recovery has certainly benefitted us in Cape Town. Your holding this programme is proof of how far reaching the benefits of an individual’s recovery can be.

The Recovery Walk Cape Town committee has now extended its reach to become Recovery Events Cape Town, now coordinating both the Recovery Walk and the Recovery Film Festival. So in taking a moment to give thanks to those who make this film festival possible we want to put Dougie top of the list for leading the way and continuing to support and assist us from London.

Our friends at SACAP (South African College of Applied Psychology) are again our key sponsors supporting the festival for the 3rd year in a row. We are indebted to them for their ongoing and generous support. We are also grateful for the support from the treatment and therapeutic sectors; Nurture Harmony, Ixande, Prospect Hill, Recovery Foundation (Johannesburg), Rustenburg Care and The Mindfulness Centre.

We are delighted to again be housed at The Labia Theatre which, like those of us in recovery, has been beautifully reinventing itself over the last five years.

We believe that Cape Town needs events that welcome, support and inform those in recovery and those supportive of people in recovery be they family, friends, policy makers or practitioners. Thank you for your support and participation. We hope you enjoy our diverse offering of films relating to addiction and mental health concerns.  We 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.

We are pleased to be donating R5 of each ticket sold to the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.


Debbie Bub (Recovery Events Cape Town committee member)


The South African Recovery Film Festival is a project of Recovery Events Cape Town a registered South African Non Profit Organisation