Birth of a Family
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    Birth of a Family

    Directed by

    Canada

    2017

    79 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard.

    Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

    Awards

    • Student Prize (Canadian Competition) - RIDM

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Allan Leader
    Editing
    Hans Olson
    Sales
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Production
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

    Press

    Not only is Birth of a Family a heartwarming story of a family reunion, but is also education for those who don’t realize that the mistreatment and forced assimilation of the First Nation’s community continued long after residential schools ended.

    Sean Kelly, Toronto Film Scene

    A family-reunion doc like you’ve never seen before.

    Patrick Mullen , POV Magazine

    Tasha Hubbard

    Tasha Hubbard

    Canada

    Tasha Hubbard teaches indigenous literatures, as well as classes in first-year English as part of the Aboriginal Student Achievement Program. Her current film and academic work focuses on Indigenous creative representation of the Buffalo and on recovering historic Indigenous stories. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker; her solo writing/directing project TWO WORLDS COLLIDING (2004) won a Canada Award at the Geminis and a Golden Sheaf Award. Her film BIRTH OF A FAMILY (2016) screened at Hot Docs.

    Selected Filmography