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The Last to Know

by Bonnie L. Friedman

Alcohol, prescribed drugs, and women - the myth, the stigma, the reality

Nearly one half of the estimated ten million alcoholics in the country are women, yet their special problems are totally ignored. Concealed by families, protected by friends and physicians, these women are kept invisible. They themselves are often The Last to Know. This extraordinary film speaks directly to these women by sensitively focusing on four intimate stories and shows how the medical community, the media and the values of society at large actually perpetuate alcoholism and prescription drug abuse in women.

quoteAcclaimed at the New York Film Festival, this gritty, intimate documentary risks inviting us into the real worlds of four addicted women, three in recovery, one still drinking and using drugs. In their own words and in their own environments, these four very different women share their struggles with a generous and uncompromising honesty rarely seen on film.
Marion Sandmeier
Alcoholism, The National Magazine

quote"I used to come out of blackouts to find myself in bed with complete strangers. This was Loretta, the nice married lady, I was brought up in Catholic schools, I was very well behaved, I was always a lady, a lady who was now wondering what the hell had I done the night before."
Loretta- quote from film
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quote"When I got sober, I got scared of people, scared to talk in front of people. When I was was drunk, I could dance on top of a bar."
Sharon- quote from film
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quote"Unforgettable...Fascinating. A rare documentary history and profile from all walks of life who become substance abusers."
Judith Trojan
Wilson Library Journal

quote"Moving and eye opener, one with both a heart and sense of humor."
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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  • First Prize, American Personnel and Guidance Association
  • Film Award- American Medical Writer's Association
  • John Muir Medical Film Festival
  • President's Award Banquet Dinner, National Council on Alcoholism
  • Edinburgh Film Festival
  • Cinema du Reel, Paris
  • Screenings: New York Film Festival
  • Prize- Sinking Creek Film Festival
  • New Jersey State Task Force on Woman and Alcohol-Media Award
  • Award- International Rehabilitation Film Festival
  • The Henry Fonda Award,River City Film Conference
  • Silver Eye Award, Association of Media Educators in Religion
  • Cine Golden Eagle
  • First Prize, Athens International Film Festival
  • First Prize, National Council on Family Relations Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
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