Picks and Pans Review: Circle of Recovery

updated 10/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Wed., Oct. 23, 9 P.M. ET)

B+

Bill Moyers brings cameras and probing questions to bear on seven black men, all recovering drug addicts, in northern California. The men have formed their own support group to thrash out their problems and to try to heal the wounds that made them seek oblivion in the first place.

As one man poignantly puts it: "When you remove the drugs, I'm still black. I'm still worthless. I'm still ugly....That's recovery for me. It's to challenge those demons in my life so one day I can look in the mirror and say, 'I am worthwhile. I am lovable.' "

The documentary is a candid and hopeful examination of what it means to emerge from addiction and how hard it is for these men to be honest with one another about their fears, feelings and failings.

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