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Rendezvous with Madness Film Tour: Swift Current

Fri, Aug 11 / 7 pm
Directed by Joshua Rofé
2016, Canada, 74 min

When he was on his game as a professional hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control: assured, aggressive, strategic and always in motion. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare. A victim of serial sexual abuse perpetrated by a coach, Kennedy struggled with trauma, guilt and anger over secret he perilously kept from those around him. Inevitably it all boiled over. It would be a journey that would initially plunge Kennedy from stardom to shame, but eventually resurrected the tortured athlete’s career as an internationally renowned spokesperson for people who had shared – and were trying to survive — the same ordeal. Swift Current is a propulsive documentary account of Sheldon Kennedy’s extraordinary escape from darkness. Geoff Pevere, Program Director of Rendenz vous du Madness will introduce the film and answer questions.

Plays With:

Psychedelic Soldiers / Dirs. Michael Spadafora & Anastasia Starova / 2015, Canada, 15 min / The story of 2 veterans’ journey through the hell of post-traumatic
stress disorder and a controversial alternative treatment they turned to when nothing else helped.

Co-presented by Rendezvous with Madness and Art Beat  Studio.  

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Reviews

A truly powerful film...Kennedy’s story is very moving. There are difficult challenges that come after speaking up about abuse, and Swift Current gives viewers an intimate look at what they can be and how victims can learn to deal with them. -William Brownridge, Toronto Film Scene
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