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Happy Valley

Rating:PG-13 (for thematic material involving drug use and addiction)
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:March 28, 2008
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:Keren Atzmon, Shelia Rosenblum, Bernie Littman, Eleanor Hutchins, Joy Seligson
Director:Tina Murgas
Producer:Tina Murgas
Writer:Tina Murgas
Distributor:Stone Five Studios

Description: Deep in the heart of Utah, commonly referred to as "Happy Valley," residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates, highest literacy and language fluency - even the most jello consumption - across the nation. Yet under the glossy exterior of this beautiful community, there are less popular categories that Happy Valley contends in but doesn't advertise, including prescription drug abuse, double the national average of anti-depressant drugs, even suicide. In Happy Valley at least one teen per week dies from drug overdose.The real-life true story, Happy Valley, sheds light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Utah County and, as importantly, the associated issues of denial, conformity, social pressure and guilt. The film intimately follows several lives and families that have been dramatically affected by prescription drug abuse leading to street drug abuse and addiction. From these stories and a single father's journey to reunite a family emerge unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance... even transformation.

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