While Amy Winehouse‘s unfortunate death is an apt reminder of the ravages of drug addiction, it’s doubtful that the makers of the documentary Amy intended their work to serve as an anti-drug PSA. However, that’s exactly how a juvenile detention center in Thailand is using the film.
According to the Associated Press, a Bangkok-area center is showing Amy to young offenders in an attempt to scare them away from continued drug use.
“I think Amy’s story is a real story that reflects real problems in the society, especially among teenagers,” said Kamron Chudecha of the Stop Drink Network. “When Amy felt too much pressured, she acted out and started drinking, but she was gifted and she found that gift. It’s not too late for the students to find their gifts and learn from her mistakes … Amy lost the battle, but these kids still have a chance.”
If you haven’t had a chance to catch Amy yet, check out these clips of Winehouse geeking out over the WWE restaurant and singing “Back To Black” in studio. Also, take a look at our interview with filmmaker Asif Kapadia where he reveals what drew him to the project and how it affected his fandom of the late singer.