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CAL – Item # AV-16 / AV-19 – Alateen Tells It Like It Is / Walk This Path of Hope

AV-16 AlateenWHAT I LEARNED: 1. Alateen Tells It Like It Is came out in 1987 & according to past Conference Summaries, it’s a 16-minute video illustrated by a teenager that provides a glimpse into the lives of Alateen members.  It deals with denial, anonymity, detachment, acceptance, & love.  Walk This Path of Hope was produced in 1989 featuring Al-Anon & Alateen members sharing their experiences of meetings in institutions such as hospitals & prisons.  It was considered an “audiovisual tool to help increase Institutions service work.”

2. Both outreach videos were discontinued in 1999 & I have not been able to find them online.  I’m still on the hunt but am looking for help!  If you have any info, please feel free to leave me a reply or comment!

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CAL – Item # AV-10 – Al-Anon Speaks For Itself

Speaks For ItselfWHAT I LEARNED:  1. In 1986, Al-Anon’s first outreach film helped carry the message to teachers, the clergy, the media, social workers, counselors, & other professionals.  The 15-minute program was broken into 5 sections: 1) The Way It Was, 2) Going to a Meeting, 3) Getting Better, 4) Getting To Know the Program & 5) Getting on With Life.  It was discontinued in 1999 because “it was generally agreed that the video was too long in this era of information.”  However, WSO posted it to YouTube in 2007 but I could only find it from Nassau County’s AIS website: Al-Anon Speaks For Itself

2. My favorite line: “Al-Anon is a very simple program for very complicated people.”

vil_koala**BONUS: Per the 1996 Conference Summary, what country was approached by Blockbuster Video to put the Al-Anon Speaks for Itself video in their stores?  (Hint: Think koala bears & “G’day mate!”)