Heroin(e)

Watched: 25 January

A very good, short-ish documentary about the effects that heroin use have had on Huntington, West Virginia, where the drug (and related criminal activity) is widespread. The film concentrates on three local women in particular who are trying to combat the issue in different ways: a judge who presides over a mostly-successful rehab programme; a local fire service chief; and a kind-hearted missionary who drives around at night offering help to those who might need it. It reminded me at times of Kim Longinotto’s Dreamcatcher, and is similarly non-judgmental about and sympathetic towards the addicts, prostitutes and criminals who appear. I’d have welcomed another hour of this, as a result, but it works fine as a concise, to-the-point documentary. (***½)