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Watch: Ex-NHL Star Sheldon Kennedy Grapples With Sexual Abuse in Exclusive ‘Swift Current’ Trailer

Watch: Ex-NHL Star Sheldon Kennedy Grapples With Sexual Abuse in Exclusive 'Swift Current' Trailer

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Swift Current” dives into the devastating sexual abuse suffered by former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy at the hands of a hockey scout, admitted sexual predator Graham James.

Directed by Joshua Rofé and executive produced by James Gray, the documentary focuses on Kennedy’s struggle to cope with his childhood trauma, especially as he keeps his secret in the hyper-masculine world of profession hockey. Of the film, Gray says, “‘Swift Current’ depicts the devastating impact of sexual abuse in a way no film that I’ve seen has before.  And it confirms, bracingly, that public awareness is an utterly essential to the difficult process of recovery. It’s a crucial film that both educates and inspires.”

The film was also produced by Regina Scully and Geralyn White Dreyfous (“The Invisible War”), along with two-time Academy Award-winning documentarian Mark Jonathan Harris (“Into the Arms of Strangers”).

“Swift Current” opens Toronto’s Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival on November 6. Watch our exclusive trailer above.

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Ruth Martin

As a professor at Durham College I had the privilege of having Sheldon Kennedy come to our college to address sexual abuse. Graham was one of our students at the time placed a call into me when he heard of the event. We met, he told me his story and I asked him if I could introduce him as our first speaker. The rest is history. May all of you that have a story continue to fight adversity, claim and take back control of your life and continue to tell your story to those that still live in silence. May God bless you and yours.
Ruth Martin

Catharine Ramsey (Graham Jolicoeur's Grandmother)

This film will go a long way to raising awareness of the sickening problem of sexual abuse. The kids affected will be very grateful for the opportunity to talk about their pain — the opportunity this film will afford them. As the grandmother of a victim I want to thank all who brought this film about, particularly Sheldon Kennedy for his courage in going public with his experience. God bless you Sheldon!!!

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