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Oxyana (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 1 July 2013 (USA)
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The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America.

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Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town that has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft and murder. Soon its own residents had nicknamed the town Oxyana and it began to live up to its reputation as abuse, addiction and overdoses became commonplace. Oxyana is a harrowing front line account of a community in the grips of an epidemic, told through the voices of the addicts, the dealers and all those affected. It is a haunting glimpse into an American nightmare unfolding before our eyes, a cautionary tale told with raw and unflinching honesty. Written by Anonymous

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The songs featured in the film's soundtrack, performed by John McCauley (of the band Deer Tick) and Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), were recorded over 5 days in the living room of Jonny Fritz' house (aka The Fritz Carlton) in Nashville, TN. See more »

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Written by Jonny Fritz
Performed by Jonny Fritz featuring John Joseph McCauley III
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Unfinished!
22 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This documentary seems terribly unfinished. Nothing about how the drugs flow in, why the law enforcement cannot stem the tide, why the residents of this small community seems especially prone to addiction (i am sorry - but just "there is nothing to do here" is a major cop out!).

It appears the documentary makers latched on to a good topic - drug addiction in rural town USA - along with its related social ills - but then just had no direction of where to take it, apart from having a series of interviews.

Unfinished - which is a shame, because so much more could have been done.


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