Daughter of a Lost Bird

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Stories
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Race & Racism
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Brooke Pepion Swaney
Producer(s):Kendra Mylnechuk Potter
Brooke Pepion Swaney
Jeri Rafter
Executive Producer(s):Gita Saedi Kiely
Editor(s):Kristen Swanbeck
Writer(s):Brooke Pepion Swaney
Kristen Swanbeck
Cinematography:Kier Atherton
Zelmira Gainza
Sky Hopinka
Composer:Laura Ortman
Sound:Scott Hirsch


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Kendra is determined to unravel the story of her biological mother, April, who gave her up at the?cusp of the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. April herself was part of a brutal North American legacy of displaced Indigenous children—“Lost Birds.” As Kendra embarks on a journey to reconnect with her birth family and her Lummi heritage, her quest is intimately documented by director Brooke Pepion Swaney, and Kendra’s openness and vulnerability are also her strengths, imbuing the film with its authenticity, voice and perspective. April says, “If we don’t know who we are, we can’t do anything about it.” As Kendra finds her way, she questions the depths of identity as an Indigenous woman and her relationship with her Indigenous community. Swaney crafted this personal story during a seven-year collaboration with Kendra and the resulting film beautifully captures an intense, personal search filled with kindness and love. Darlene Naponse

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Daughter of a Lost Bird and its Q&A are presented with support from the U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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