The festival, now in its second year, looks at the difficult paths to recovery from different forms of addiction, especially among ordinary people – teachers, police, doctors, civil servants.
Films from all over the world depict tragedy and comedy, joy, hope and hopelessness. The opening night shows the premier of Russell Brand's comedy From Addiction to Recovery as well as Through the Smoke, shot in Cape Town.
The next day it is the turn of How to make Money Selling Drugs, about the failure of the war on drugs, and From the Basement, another Cape Town story.
One of the highlights is Owning Mahowny with the late Philip Seymour Hoffmann who died from his heroin addiction earlier this year.
And on the final day of the festival Sober Indian/Dangerous Indian about alcohol addiction among native Americans raises difficult questions.
The festival is designed to break the silence not just about addictions but more specifically about the tough journey to recovery.
For more details see the Cape Town Recovery Film Festival (CTRFF) website.