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Documentary

Birth Of A Family

Year 2017
Runtime 79 mins
Language English

Mary Jane, a survivor of the residential school system, lost four children during the 1960s – and in 2015, they reunite for the first time.

Over several decades, at least 20,000 Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes in Canada and adopted out to non-Indigenous families. Now, four siblings - emblematic of the chaos that such a system wrought - come together for the first time in decades to build the family ties they were once denied.

Betty Ann, Rosalie, Ester, and Ben were each taken as infants from Mary Jane Adam, a Dene single mother from Saskatchewan. Given the chance to reunite in Banff in 2015, they share profound emotions and a fragmented family history, knowing that many others in the same situation do not get the chance to do so. At times enraging, unjust, heartwrenching, or genuinely gleeful – this is their story, taking place just outside of Calgary against the backdrop of Banff National Park.

Countries

Canada
Attending Guests
Director Tasha Hubbard, Executive Producer David Christensen, Producer Bonnie Thompson, and Documentary Subject Betty Anne Adam in attendance at both screenings. Documentary Subject Rose Pollard in attendance at the Sept 29 screening.
Festivals
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Director
Tasha Hubbard
Executive Producer
David Christensen
Producer
Bonnie Thompson
Screenwriter
Betty Ann Adam, Tasha Hubbard
Cinematographer
Thomas Dudley, Jim Moule
Editor
Hans Olson