The 4th SA Recovery Film Festival finished on Sunday 25th September with the screening of Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue, to a massively appreciative audience. Coupled with the sell out of DisHonesty on the same day, and the emotional response to this years screening of last years Audience Award (The Theo) winner, Addicts Symphony, it was a fantastic end to an amazing four days.

We just thought we’d like to share the following snapshot of this years Festival with you, whilst taking the opportunity of thanking you once again for your support, so,

THANK YOU!! Over four days, we screened sixteen films in a variety of screen capacities at The Labia Theatre in Cape Town and The Bioscope in Jo’burg.

With 900+ attendees, our audiences included a culturally diverse mix of people in Recovery, people interested in the subject, health practitioners, policy makers, health advocates, experts in the field, film lovers and the Mayor Of Cape Town!

Our Audience Award was shared by Generation Found and Call Me Lucky which both scored 4.6 (out of 5), significantly the 4.3 Average Audience Rating for all films showed the high quality of this years program. Our Press, Radio & TV coverage, which surpassed previous years included News 24, FMR, Radio 2000, Cape Talk, Daily Maverick, Cape Times, Cape Argus, Peoples Post, Cape Towner and much much more. Online activity showed a particular increase.

The Festival also welcomed the 2nd Cape Town Recovery Walk (picture, The Walk arriving at The Labia), 300+/- walkers saw FREE the screening of Drinking To Oblivion, the Louis Theroux documentary and created a real Festival atmosphere.


There was tremendous feedback from audiences, and some helpful constructive criticism which we value highly. Here are a few of the positive comments.

Thank you for a brilliant festival, it delivered! This past weekend has achieved more than just the stated objective/s. I found a common thread coming from between session conversations. …Ashley Potts CTDCC

I love the Film Festival so much, because it creates a space for inspiration and connection. Well done on another great festival…..Katy Menell, Prospect Hill

THANK YOU! This is so cool!  I’m ecstatic!  Thank you all for making the festival happen for us….Jacqui Terwin

I think I actually had an epiphany sitting there as I realized that my being there was not for what I could offer but rather it was about me learning and hearing. It was a total paradigm shift….Paul Jones 1 Million Strong

Fantastic event, thank you so much!…..Siobahn Alford, Harmony Clinic

The Festival welcomed a number of specialist speakers who facilitated post screening discussions, this greatly added to the Festival experience.

We also raised R3750 for the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre through our R5 per ticket donation.

 Thank you to all our Sponsors, attendees, volunteers, audience and of course to our friends at The Labia Theatre

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