After the success of The White Helmets and Extremis last year, Netflix again has a documentary short in the running for an Oscar at this year’s ceremony. Heroin(e) is one of the ten semifinalists on the shortlist for nomination, and it makes a strong case for nomination, tackling a difficult subject in a tasteful manner.
The film focuses on a core group of women—a judge, a fire chief, and a street missionary—who are leading the fight against addiction in the “overdose capital” of America: Huntington, West Virginia. We see their tireless efforts to combat the drug problem from multiple angles, and we also see the heartbreaking reality of how hard it is to make a difference and create real change. The passion, dedication, and love these women show for their community is commendable, and a more-than-worthy subject for an acclaimed documentary. This is not an easy watch, but it is an important one.