Thai social workers are apparently screening Asif Kapadia's compelling Amy Winehouse documentaryAmy, as part of a program to help "rehabilitate" residents who are there for serious murder and drug-related crimes.
According to the Associated Press, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Stop Drink Network had 100 Thai teens from a juvenile detention center view the film in the hopes that the heart-wrenching film will deter substance abuse among them. After all, as the Stop Drink Network's Kamron Cheducha said, there are stark similarities between Winehouse's struggle and that of these at-risk kids, explaining that, "these kids think the society labels them as drug addicts, alcohol addicts and criminals. When one hits rock bottom, it takes a lot of courage to fight the loneliness and criticism, like when Amy has to fight the media attention and people around her."
"It's not too late for the students to find their gifts and learn from her mistakes." Cheducha said, adding later that, "Amy lost the battle, but these kids still have a chance." And we sure hope her story helps.