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149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4
FREE, everyone welcome!
Wed, January 24, 2018. 7:00 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 W. Hastings St.
«Birth of a Family»
Tasha Hubbard, 2016 | 1 H 19 MIN
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.
Screening will be followed by a conversation with director Tasha Hubbard and two of the sibilings featured in Birth of a Family.
Tasha Hubbard is a writer, filmmaker, and an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory, and is the mother of a ten-year-old son.
Her research is on Indigenous efforts to return the buffalo to the lands and to Indigenous consciousness. Her first solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004, was broadcasted on CBC’s documentary program Roughcuts in 2004, and won the Canada Award at the 2005 Geminis. Her recent short film 7 Minutes won Best Short Non-fiction at the Golden Sheaf Awards. Her NFB-produced feature documentary, Birth of a Family is about a 60s Scoop family reunited for the first time. The film landed in the top ten audience choice list at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. Tasha also does research on Indigenous film and is appointed to the National Film Board’s newly formed Indigenous Advisory Council.
Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies.
Sponsored by SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations Studies at SFU, and the National Film Board of Canada.
More info: sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2018-spring/BirthofaFamily.html