5 WAYS to hold Recovery Street Film Festival screening

5 WAYS will be showing the shortlisted films and the winning entry from this year’s national Recovery Street Film Festival.

The festival was established to give people with lived-experience the opportunity to share their stories with the general public. The aim is to reduce the stigma surrounding recovery from drug and alcohol use.

5 WAYS Manager Jo Byrden said: “We’re delighted to be hosting a screening at 5 WAYS for the first time. What makes it really special, is that this year four of our members have films on the festival shortlist.

“I think we’re all aware of what a powerful medium film is and there are some outstanding short films in this screening. This shortlist highlights the rich diversity of the background and experiences of people in recovery. Every film is so different and yet so universal”.

Jack Keery from the Film Festival organising committee will be attending the event, which is taking place on the 22 September.

Jack said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to 5 WAYS and being here with the film-makers and their family and friends to watch these films. This year’s entries were all of a really high standard so it makes it even more impressive that four members of 5 WAYS were shortlisted.”

The Recovery Street Film Festival runs every September to coincide with Recovery Month. Recovery Month highlights that recovery from substance misuse is not only possible but highly desirable too. It celebrates their achievements and aims to break down the stigma experienced by those who have had problems with alcohol and other drugs

The Film Festival screening takes place at 5 WAYS on 22 September at 4pm. Entry to the screening at 5 WAYS is free but you do need to reserve a place through 5 WAYS either in person or by calling 0113 887 2749.