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John Zaritsky

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The Oscar winning filmmaker John Zaritsky discusses his new film No Limits, which has its debut at the DOXA Documentary Festival, this Saturday, 07 May 2016; it’s a documentary that revisits the victims of Thalidomide he featured in two previous films, with Joseph Planta.


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

In 1989’s film Broken Promises, John Zaritsky introduced viewers to a group of young adults coping with the effects of a Thalidomide, a drug that was marketed aggressively in the 1960s as a cure for morning sickness. Thousands of mothers took the pills and many babies were born, many aborted or murdered because of these defects. Mr. Zaritsky followed up with these men and women around the world with 1999’s Extraordinary People. Now, a new film completes the trilogy, No Limits. It has its world premiere at the DOXA Documentary Festival this Saturday, 07 May 2016. John Zaritsky joins me now to preview this film, the people therein, and what’s happened in the over two and a half decades since he first met these really remarkable people in the film. John Zaritsky is a documentary filmmaker, who was won many awards include an Academy Award for Just Another Missing Kid, a Cable Ace Award for Rapists: Can They Be Stopped, as well as seven Gemini’s. He’s also received three Emmy nominations for his work, in a career that’s spanned nearly forty years. He’s been on this program in the past for his films A Different Drummer, and The Wild Horse Redemption. The screening of No Limits is at the Vancity Theatre, this Saturday at 4pm. Visit www.doxafestival.ca for tickets and information. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, John Zaritsky; Mr. Zaritsky, good morning.

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