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Protection
22 Oct 2001

This extraordinary first feature from Canadian filmmaker Bruce Spangler comes from his previous career as a child protection worker and his realization that situations, paradoxes and the stress of the work are seldom realistically portrayed. He's nailed it here. It's a gritty, documentary style drama about the decision to take kids from a household with drug addicted parents. The social worker is on the verge of burnout herself. The decisions are never black and white, but they can mean life or death. Stay for the post-film discussion. The evening was co-sponsored by the B.C. Association of Social Workers and the UVic School of Social Work. A discussion followed.