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Pain Warriors

Catalogue Number:  VMI000
Producer:  Visionary Media Inc.
Producers:  Weis, Euegene
Directors:  Petrova, Tina
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Social Issues, Sociology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  80:16

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There are no marathon runs for chronic pain, no walks for its cure. Yet chronic pain disables some 25% of the population in developed countries such as Canada and the U.S.A. This is no small disease. In Canada, chronic pain costs the economy an estimated $60 billion annually in treatment, lost wages & productivity; in the U.S.A. a staggering $634 billion.  Those who suffer with intractable pain in North America now outnumber heart disease, cancer & diabetes patients combined. The current media focus on “The Opioid Crisis,” a more dramatic but not necessarily more serious issue has unfortunately resulted in a profound loss of care for chronic pain sufferers who in many cases are being under treated, with dire consequences.

From the somber spreading of ashes at Newport Beach Ca., to snowy Montana, urban Toronto,  to H.H. The Dalai Lama’s hospital in Zanskar India- viewers are swept up in a stunning cinematic journey .This multi- award winning film enters into the desperate lives of pain patients fighting for their survival, families torn apart by suicide, and the troubled worlds of the compassionate doctors who stand up for them. 

From: Tina Petrova and Eugene Weis.

WINNER: Award of Merit – Impact Docs Awards!

WINNER: Award of Excellence – Accolade Global Film Competition

WINNER: Award of Merit – Accolade Global Film Competition

FINALIST - Best Feature Documentary – AFIN International Film Festival, 2022

WINNER – The Filmmaker’s Space Film Festival, 2022


WINNER – Andromeda Film Festival, 2023

WINNER - Close Film Festival -  Best Director 2023

WINNER - Venus Film Festival - Winner 2023

WINNER - Caravan Intl. Film Festival 2023 - Best Documentary on Disabilities

WINNER - Critics Choice Intl. Film festival - 2022 Best Documentary

WINNER - Impact Docs Awards- 2022 Winner Award of Merit

WINNER - Iconic Film Festival - Winner 2022

WINNER - AFIN- Best Feature Documentary 2022

WINNER - BIFF Best Narrative Documentary 2022


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