Cape Heroin Documentary Debuts On HBO Tonight

The HBO Documentary Film's poster sits in the Tilden Arts Center lobby at the Cape Cod Premiere Thursday night.

BARNSTABLE – An HBO documentary chronicling the lives of Cape Codders addicted to heroin has its national premiere tonight.

“Heroin: Cape Cod, USA” was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, and features the stories of eight young men and women battling addiction.

Two died during production.

“My main goal with the film was just, not necessarily to be educational, not to give a message, but simply give it a human face,” said Okazaki at a sold-out premiere screening of the film at Cape Cod Community College two weeks ago.

“I think it’s a really good sign that people are coming out for a film like this, wanting to talk about it in the open, not passing blame and shame around,” said Okazaki.

The documentary has garnered the attention of state officials, who screened the film along with Governor Charlie Baker on Beacon Hill two weeks ago.

“It’s a very close up, personal, stark, real and sad movie about these people, some of whom are having a terrible time trying to get out of this addiction,” said State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) said. “A film like this tells a story and for some people to connect with this issue they need to see this,” Hunt said.

“The reality is it is something that we need to deal with,” Hunt said. “We can’t sweep it under the rug. We can’t pretend like we don’t have a drug addiction problem here on Cape Cod.”

“Heroin: Cape Cod, USA” airs at 9 PM tonight on HBO.

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