Here Today (2002)
Directed by Bess O’Brien and Mary Arbuckle. Here Today is a documentary film about heroin and the effects of addiction on families in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Although focusing on the poorest and most rural part of the state, Here Today explores stories of people from diverse economic backgrounds, including an upper-middle class family struggling with their heroin-addicted son and a working-class addict who has been off heroin for five years. Some of the most poignant and ironic moments in the film come from a man who heads the St. Johnsbury Division of Drug and Alcohol, but also struggles with a daughter who is a heroin addict in California. Other slices of life include a 22 year-old pregnant mother, whose first three children were put up for adoption because of her drug habit. The young woman ends up losing her fourth child through the course of the film. Another especially revealing and moving story involves a mother and her 9 year-old daughter who discuss how heroin has damaged their lives. The young girl talks openly about her deep fear of losing her single mother to heroin. Here Today illustrates the human struggle of all the people in the film as they valiantly battle their addiction, support their loved ones, and try to move on with their lives. It illustrates the human struggle of all the people in the film as they valiantly battle their addiction, support their loved ones, and try to move on with their lives.
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