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Coming Home to Myself

A view inside the realities and uniqueness of Substance Use Disorder, a perspective on why people with this disorder often get pushed to the sidelines of society.

Content-heads up: Discussion of substance use disorder, childhood abuse

Director: Feyannie Hung and Nicole Kennedy

Feyannie Hung was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Fey graduated from the University of British Columbia Film Production. With a strong interest in humanity, culture, and history, she is now working in Netflix’s latest show “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as an Extras Casting Associate. She produced and directed short films, Especially Joy (2019), Midlife (2019), Cheers! (2019), The First Coffee (2020), American Girl (2021), and more. She has been nominated in Leo Awards, Golden Light Film Festival, and Vancouver Short Film Festival. She has acted in Harmony, written and directed by Alejandro Yoshizawa (2018), and was nominated at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and Seattle Asian American Film Festival in 2019. Feyannie’s previous work includes as a public speaker for her published book: A Different 15: Make Dreams Fly (Taiwan). She was the festival director for the Persistence of Vision Film Festival 30th in 2020. Nicole Kennedy is a Therapeutic Recreation student and has three years of honored Psychology degree with University of British Columbia. Nicole is keenly interested in Mental Health advocacy and education. It is of great importance to Nicole Kennedy that the world begins to see and understand people who live with different mental health experiences. Nicole writes and gives speeches with the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan. In addition, she was long-listed for the CBC nonfiction prize in 2020 for her essay “Schizophrenia is not a Swear Word,” which she is currently transforming into a longer piece. She is currently revising a poetry book, which she hopes to publish in 2022.

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Substance Use Disorder

Substance abuse refers to the harmful use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and drugs. Substance use can lead to addiction and dependence, creating a condition...

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