Journalism Grants

Funding For:

Attention Must Be Paid: Women Lost in the Opioid Crisis

Behavioral Health / Prescription Drugs / Social Determinants of Health / Substance Use


Debra Gonsher Vinik, producer, writer and director

Grant Period:

Mar 01, 2023 - May 01, 2024



Summary of the Project:

This film follows the personal journeys of women battling opioid use disorder, exposing deep-seated and deadly gender inequities within American health care.

About the Grantee:

Dr. Debra Gonsher Vinik, a Producer, Writer and Director, founded Diva Communications in 1985. She has always had a proclivity towards stories about women: from their acceptance into the rabbinate to the need for girls’ education worldwide. Twelve of her documentaries have been nominated for and six have won Emmys: And The Gates Opened (2007), The Eternal Light
(2008), Yearning To Belong (2009), Divine Prescription (2013), Beauty of Their Dreams (2016) and Brightness of Noon, Part II (2020). Dr. Gonsher Vinik’s films have aired on ABC, PBS and have screened at film festivals around the world.

Related Grantee Work

Listen to the Silence: Women Trapped in the Opioid Epidemic

Listen to the Silence is a nationally acclaimed, two-part documentary by Diva Communications, examining the hopes and heartaches of the women — our daughters, mothers, sisters, friends – suffering from opioid addiction. Some survived and some did not. It is the first, the only documentary that focuses on women impacted by the opioid epidemic.Women have been invisible. As a result, their needs have been ignored. Resources have been divvied up by men, for men, with scant thought for women.

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