WIFF | FILMS

BIRTH OF A FAMILY

Review

Director:

Tasha Hubbard 

Genre:

Documentary

Country:

Canada

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

79 Minutes

Description:

Over three decades, an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families in Canada and abroad. Known as the Sixties Scoop, the removals blocked a generation from their traditional knowledge, territory and, most importantly, family.  

The film follows four siblings, who in middle age come together for the first time to build the bonds they were denied. Betty Ann Adam sought out sisters, Rosalie and Ester and brother Ben, each taken as infants from Mary Jane Adam, a Dene single mother from Saskatchewan. During a week in Banff, the siblings explore a shared identity, piecing together their fragmented history. Quiet moments reveal profound emotion, with the understanding that their experience is shared by many others.

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