( 2022, USA, 117')
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The protagonist of this documentary is photographer Nancy ‘Nan’ Goldin, famous for her explicit pictures and for the inseparability of her life and work. Her photo features influenced the work of countless photographers. She works especially within the LGBT world, and themes that are dear to her include HIV and opioid use. Goldin has been fighting a battle against Purdue Pharma and the family that controls it, the Sacklers. Purdue is the maker of OxyContin, an opioid that she feels is behind the opioid addiction epidemics that caused over 400,000 in the United States.
Documentarist, producer, and director Laura Poitras won an Oscar for Best Documentary with Citizenfour in 2015 – shared with Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky. She was in Cannes twice – in 2016 with Risk, a film on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and in 2021 with The Year of the Everlasting Storm, a collection of seven stories from seven authors and a love letter to the power of film and its narrators, signed, among others, by Panahi and Weerasethakul.