Luther College to host screening of 'Heroin(e)'

Luther College and the Oneota Film Festival are hosting a screening of the documentary "Heroin(e)" at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. A panel, hosted by Helping Services for Youth and Families, will held following the screening and both the panel and screening are open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Heroin(e)" is a 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary highlighting the efforts of three women working to change the narrative and cycle of drug abuse one person at a time in Huntington, West Virginia. With an overdose rate 10 times higher than the national average, the city struggles with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness and poverty. Fire Chief Jan Rader, Judge Patricia Keller and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry all are working towards ending the opioid epidemic through a chain of compassion.

The showing is a part of the 2018 Oneota Film Festival running April 19-22. The rest of the festival requires a pass to attend; details available at oneotafilmfestival.org. Founded and run by a group of representatives from Luther and local film lovers who have formed a non-profit corporation to host the festival. The mission of the festival is to "build and sustain a community of film lovers through screenings and discussions." This year's festival focus is on themes related to making connections, and the weekend will provide many opportunities to connect with filmmakers, friends and members of the broader community.

More information and a full schedule of events is available at oneotafilmfestival.org.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.