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The Resource Sister Helen, by Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa, (electronic resource)

Sister Helen, by Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa, (electronic resource)

Label
Sister Helen
Title
Sister Helen
Statement of responsibility
by Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sister Helen, a tough, 69-year-old Benedictine nun, runs the Travis Center, a clean and sober halfway house for recovering addicts and ex-convicts in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, New York. Mott Haven is the poorest congressional district in the nation, where extreme poverty, unemployment, drug abuse and crime have a distinct daily presence. The number of social service agencies set up to help the drug and alcohol-dependent in this community continues to be far too few to meet its rising demand. She lives with 21 men of mixed race and economic backgrounds who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, or both. She runs a tough place. The rules include: required attendance at group meetings, random and humiliating urine samples, strict curfews, no lying, and any other thing Sister Helen wants when she wants it. She loves life and is often funny, but she is always on guard, trying to catch mistakes before they happen. She takes little chaff from the residents, frequently threatening to boot them out. Sister Helen's tragic past holds the key to her present life and mission. Haunted by her own decades-long struggle with alcoholism and a string of tragic personal losses, including the violent murder of her 15 year-old son and the alcohol and drug-related deaths of her husband and second son, Sister Helen overcame her own alcoholism and established the center in 1989
Awards note
  • Documentary Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2002
  • Golden Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival, 2002
  • Nomination, Outstanding Directorial Achievement, Directors Guild of America, 2003
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fruchtman, Rob
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
This edition in English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cammisa, Rebecca
Runtime
60
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Benedictine nuns
  • Halfway houses
  • Recovering addicts
  • Mott Haven (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
general
Label
Sister Helen, by Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?FLON;1652591
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1652591/flon
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (61 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a209939
  • (OCoLC)747799007
Video recording format
other
Label
Sister Helen, by Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?FLON;1652591
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1652591/flon
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (61 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a209939
  • (OCoLC)747799007
Video recording format
other

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