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Donna's Story ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB552600
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Canadian Social Issues, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies, Violence, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  50m 34s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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An intimate portrait of a fiercely determined survivor, Donna's Story profiles a Cree woman who left behind a bleak existence on the streets. She has re-emerged as a powerful voice counselling Indigenous adults and youth about abuse and addiction Donna Gamble was raised in foster homes, addicted to drugs and caught up in prostitution by the age of 13. The camera unravels her exhilarating and tumultuous journey: her motivation to turn her life around, her work to keep others off the streets and the renewal of personal relationships with her family and children. With courage and candour, Donna also reveals an ongoing struggle with addiction, exposing the rage and pain of abuse that can haunt even the strongest person. Doug Cuthand's absorbing documentary also introduces Donna's mother and daughters. With extraordinary purpose, these women hope to shatter the cycle of addiction and abuse that has affected generations of their family.



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