ST. CHARLES – “The Anonymous People,” a documentary film about changing public perception of addiction and championing recovery, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles.
The film is about the more than 23 million Americans who live in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions.
Hearts of Hope, along with Ron Onesti of the Arcada, will promote the movie. Hearts of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about alcohol and drug abuse, and offering support and advocacy for those addicted and their families.
Lea Minalga, director at Hearts of Hope, said everyone probably knows someone who struggles with addiction, either in families, friends, co-workers or neighbors.
“I think that denial and stigma have killed more people than anything else because it prevents hurting people from seeking help due to shame,” Minalga said. “This film will bring it out into the light and help all of us see that addiction is just part of the human condition and a disease that deserves our attention, compassion and respect.”
Tickets are $10 and available online at http://gathr.us/screening/5979.
Information about the film is available at www.manyfaces1voice.org/#the-film.
The film is being screened through Gathr, a new service that allows independent films to be shown at local theaters. Screenings happen if a minimum number of tickets are reserved before a screening request expires, according to the website.
If the minimum is not reached, the film is not shown, and the ticket buyers are not charged. Onesti said he wants his theater not only to be available for entertainment shows but also as a place for community-based events.
“I do free movies and donate to causes all the time,” Onesti said.
As to the topic of “The Anonymous People,” Onesti said he has been affected in the past six months, with three friends dying from heroin overdoses.
“I was unaware of their involvement,” Onesti said. “They were 20 to 35 years old. I had no idea if they dabbled, or it could have been first time for all three.”