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When Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, an award-winning writer, director, and actress, was developing her most recent feature documentary about substance-use disorders and harm reduction, she wasn’t sure whether she should also be the film’s narrator. It’s a dilemma many documentary filmmakers find themselves working through, as they determine the proper balance of including their voice – both literally and figuratively – while still providing space for their subjects to drive the story. Being close to the topic seemed to require Tailfeathers to analyze her place in both the documentary and the extremely complex social issue at hand. As she told the Mulligan Stew Podcast, “[I] felt very conflicted about how I

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