Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – 7:30pm
Canada 2015. Dir: Joshua Rofé. 74 min. Blu-ray Disc
VANCOUVER PREMIERE | “When he was on his game as a professional hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control: assured, aggressive, strategic, and always in motion. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare. A victim of serial sexual abuse perpetrated by a coach, Kennedy was struggling with trauma, guilt, and anger over something he kept perilously secret from those around him. Inevitably it all boiled over. It would be a journey that would initially plunge Kennedy from stardom to shame, but eventually resurrected the tortured athlete’s career as an internationally renowned spokesperson for people who had shared — and were trying to survive — the same ordeal. Swift Current is a propulsive documentary account of Sheldon Kennedy’s extraordinary escape from darkness” (Geoff Pevere, Rendezvous with Madness).
Post-screening discussion with Don Wright, Founder, former Executive Director, and current Education Coordinator of the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and Geoff Pevere, Program Director, Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.
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Co-presented by the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Rendezvous, the world’s first and largest mental health film festival, has been produced annually in Toronto since 1993.
Co-sponsored by the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, a non-profit society providing therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives. It also works with men who were victims of childhood physical abuse and men who are victims of domestic violence.