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Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) announces its 5th annual Recovery Festival Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 November in Portsmouth.

The programme is intended to be meaningful to those of you who have sought support for mental health issues, trauma, and people in recovery, by raising awareness and celebrating people’s ability to recognise their problems, have the bravery to come forward, talk about them, seek help and realise they are not alone whatever the problem.

The highlights of the weekend are recovery films: The vision for the festival is to share a celebration of those who have found recovery and the organisations who have helped them.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Health & Care at Portsmouth City Council, said:

“We are really pleased to see people in recovery from addiction participating on this course. Activities such as this provide people with a sense of purpose and hope for the future, it also provides an opportunity for them to tell their stories on film. We look forward to seeing the films they produce at the Recovery Film festival in November.  We are grateful to Southern Co-op for funding this course.”

Director of Portsmouth Film Society Aysegul Epengin:

  ‘The objective for our festival is we hope to celebrate the impact that recovery services have had across communities around the globe and within local areas, bringing awareness of causes that help to understand the needs of those in recovery as well as the services they provide to help progress and sustain their communities in the recovery process. It will also the explore the positive impacts that recovery has on individuals and people around them, presenting stories of recovery through their own personal lenses and how they improve and enrich their communities. Thank you so much all our supporters, including Southern Co—op for their support to our filmmaking course: I Am Only Human 3’ 

Southern Co-op’s Loss Prevention and Security Manager, Gareth Lewis, said:

 ” We firmly believe in the power of community-driven initiatives to bring about positive change so Southern Co-op is delighted to be able to support this year’s Recovery Film Festival. With the films being centred around the theme of addiction and recovery, this resonates deeply with our mission and we hope it will bring together a better understanding of how we can all help each other breaking down stigmas and promoting a supportive environment for those affected by addiction.”

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Group discounts are available; please ring 07528 808400 (12noon-4pm) or visit us at the Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre, 1-3 Palmerston Road, Southsea.


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