Birth of a Family
Tasha Hubbard | CANADA | 2017 | 79 MIN | Documentary feature
Thursday 19 October 2017 | 11:00 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Screening as part of Birth of a Family
Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985. Veritable strangers, each has had very different life journeys. Bonded by blood and now all middle age, they come together for the very first time in the resort town of Banff, Alberta, to forge a new family together. As their weekend unfolds - and the stories of their mother and Dene family are shared - the siblings are challenged by the sadness and comforted by the joys of learning about their full history. Despite the heartache of separation, their love uplifts them all as they move towards the birth of a new family.
Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. Her solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding won a Gemini and a Golden Sheaf Award in 2005.