BROKEN LINES: A Story of Addiction
-For Grades 7 & Up
-DVD + Printable Teaching Guide
-Released in 2018
Broken Lines is a true story of hope, transcendence, and ultimately victory over drug addiction. We are all familiar with tragic stories of those who have succumbed to drug overdose and abuse, but we are not so familiar with those who have survived and triumphed. Broken Lines shares…
Broken Lines is a true story of hope, transcendence, and ultimately victory over drug addiction. We are all familiar with tragic stories of those who have succumbed to drug overdose and abuse, but we are not so familiar with those who have survived and triumphed. Broken Lines shares the unique insights of a bright young man who survived a near-fatal accident and overcame numerous obstacles including ADHD, impulse control disorder, and chronic anxiety. It is the story of promise and the impossible made possible.
Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Scheer illuminates the many and overlapping issues related to dealing with an addiction and traveling the difficult road to recovery.
Includes: 32-minute video, printable teacher’s resource book, and student handouts with pre/post tests.
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
Sample Video Clip:
This is a powerful and compelling 35 minute film about a young man’s destructive journey through addiction. The film begins on August 8th, 2010 around 8:30pm on a highway where the driver and his passenger are speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour down a Long Island, NY highway. The viewer is then introduced to Austin Guerra, born in January 1990. From an early age and into high school, Austin is using marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. The ensuing car accident nearly kills him and it is here that we begin to see the reality of drug addiction and the pain it causes users, families and friends. Watch the video to see how Austin transforms himself into a self-sustaining person conquering this chilling disease and never forgetting what he almost became. It sends a potent message to those still in the throes of drug addiction. Austin’s personal journey from drug addict to academic scholar is a must see that will resonate for some time to come with many viewers.
—LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, EMRO