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Catalogue Number:  NFB523900
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Bonnie Thompson, Jerry Krepakevich, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Michelle Wong
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Learning Disabilities, Psychology, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2003
Running Time:  48:47
Closed Captions:  Yes


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When Phillip Wong committed suicide, his family thought that silence would end their pain. But his sister, filmmaker Michelle Wong, needed to make sense of her brother's death. What drove him to end his life at age 36?

Weaving together intimate conversations with those closest to Phillip, as well as her own candid reflections, Wong embarks on a personal journey. Gently peeling away layers of silence, she uncovers her brother's story of gambling addiction and his lonely spiral into desperation, isolation and depression.

Filmed against the backdrop of the noisy casinos of Las Vegas and the quiet town of St. Paul, Alberta, the documentary lays bare the grief of family and friends. Sifting through feelings of guilt, sadness and shame, the once-fragmented family begins to discover a new closeness. This heart-wrenching film is a sister's uncompromising search for the truth and healing--for herself, her family, and others struggling with addiction.

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