A Toronto film festival is about to open with a powerful new documentary about the sex abuse inflicted upon a former Calgary Flame.
Academy-award winner Mark Jonathan Harrison is set to premiere “Swift Current” which focuses on the crimes committed against Sheldon Kennedy at the hands of his former coach Graham James. For Kennedy, it was a family affair. His daughter Ryan also makes an appearance in the film.
“You know you look at the ripple effects and the effects the abuse on me had on my daughter and the people around me, and I think that that’s real,” he said.
He added if this can be used as a training tool or someone can learn from it, he’ll consider it a success.
“The story we need to start talking about now is solution and understanding the impact because really, when you connect the dots of early childhood trauma, we’re dealing with mental health issues, sexualized behaviour, suicidal idealization, addiction,” said Kennedy.
He’s hoping to have it shown here in Calgary sometime in the new year. “Swift Current” opens tonight at the Mental Health Film Festival in Toronto.