ORPHANS OF THE LIVING
About the film
Precious few hard drug addicts overcome their dependency, fewer than you might think die quickly. Instead they survive for years, living frightful lives that are torn apart not only by the physical addiction but the crime, abuse, prison, poverty, violence, prostitution, madness, fear and misery it brings.
As the child's parent you face agony as you see these terrible things unfold for your child. For you too, there's personal grief and moral confusion about whether you are to blame.
But there's more – you are now left looking after your grandchildren. Children who may have been damaged, and abused by the chaos of their parents' desperate straits. You're older, perhaps physically weakened. Your retirement years are no longer about rest and relaxation they're about to become about child rearing.
Orphans of the Living follows the journey of four of the many hundreds of families who live like this. It features, the aging carers, their grandchildren, and where possible even glimpses of their drug addicted parents. We also meet those who work to support them and see the social patterns that drug addiction creates in our society. It's impossible to be not moved or angered by the plight of these ordinary people, but also inspired by their strength as they seek to overcome the huge difficulties in their path. Orphans of the Living is the moving story of a large and growing group of our fellow Australians who live through, survive and overcome one of the most terrible things that can befall a family.
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