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NCJ Number: 135940 Find in a Library
Title: Stories of Change
Project Director: T Tollini
Date Published: 1991
Sponsoring Agency: New Day Films
Wayne, NJ 07470
Sale Source: New Day Films
Karol Media
22 Riverview Dr
Wayne, NJ 07470
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video portrays how four ethnically diverse women experienced debilitating life experiences and addictions and emerged to develop constructive and satisfying lives.
Abstract: Narration supplements each woman's first-person recollection of her experiences; childhood photos, contemporary shots of each woman's activities, and background sounds and music enhance the poignancy and inspiration of each woman's story. The profiles include a single mother who overcame a painful divorce and alcoholism to become a committed and effective, albeit poor, parent. An emigrant from Mexico separated from her husband in the United States after 8 years of marriage; handicapped by poverty and meager skills in English speaking and writing, she was successful in her determination to achieve a college education; she now helps other Hispanic women to get a college education. A Vietnamese refugee who arrived in the United States at the age of 15 with her family survived poverty and family turmoil to obtain a college education; she is now a social worker for the Asian community. An African American woman raised in an unstable family and oppressed in an abusive marriage became addicted to cocaine; her thoughts of suicide were changed through the therapy of her art and support from friends, as her life has become drug-free, productive, and fulfilling.
Main Term(s): Rehabilitation
Index Term(s): Alcoholism; Domestic relations; Drug abuse; Illiteracy; Persons with cognitive disabilities
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