Daughter of a Lost Bird
US | 2021 | 66 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. W211281 |
Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, a Native woman adopted into a white family, reconnects with her Native identity and begins to view herself as a living legacy of U.S. assimilationist policy.
"…Real, thoughtful, kind and provocative…"
"Captures an intense, personal search filled with kindness and love."
"This poignant story provides living proof that history is not only the past, but the present too."
"A courageous endeavor to understand oneself while allowing the camera to follow each trial and tribulation. The film is an exploration of sorrow and joy, and all of those confusing emotions in between."
“A portrait of two courageous women -- mother and daughter - - who are willing to allow us into their remarkable journey to find each other and their heritage.”
“There’s a real sense of collaboration between Kendra and Swaney, and accountability on Swaney’s part to tell this story truthfully, which is refreshing to see in nonfiction filmmaking."
"When Kendra Mylnechuk cold calls her birth mother...she is drawn, almost reluctantly, into an exploration of this history and of her own complex feelings of guilt, belonging, and loss. For the intimacy and depth of her portrayal of Kendra’s journey, the Emerging Filmmaker Award goes to Brooke Pepion Swaney."
"An example of how intergenerational trauma continues."
"An unsettling insight into the history of cultural genocide and it has caused the ‘lost generation’ and their children."
"An impactful and intimate journey in discovering one’s identity...an important viewing."
"An extraordinary documentary."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Best Female Director, Woodstock Film Festival
- Special Mention, Best Emerging Filmmaker, Woodstock Film Festival
- Jim Ewing Award for First Feature, Port Townsend Film Festival
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival, NY
- Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival
- AFI Film Festival
- Maoriland Film Festival
- Gimli Film Festival
- Ashland Independent Film Festival
- Vancouver Film Festival
- Heartland Film Festival
- Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival
- Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival
- GlobeDocs Film Festival
- Glimmerglass Film Days
- Seattle International Film Festival
- Cine Las Americas Film Festival
Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) works to tell Native stories. Most recently, she made the Blacklist’s Inaugural Indigenous List with TINDER ON THE REZ along with her co-writer, and WMM filmmaker, Angela Tucker. She also produced BELLA VISTA, SIXTY FOUR FLOOD and the podcast ALL MY RELATIONS with Matika Wilbur and Dr. Adrienne Keene. In 2021, she became an inaugural fellow as part of a filmmaker residency/incubator with the Woodstock Film Festival and White Feather Arts. She holds an MFA in Film from NYU. (07/21)
Director and Producer: Brooke Pepion Swaney
Executive Producer: Gita Saedi Kiely
Executive Producers for Vision Maker Media: Shirley Sneve & Francene J. Blythe-Lewis
Producers: Kendra Mylenchuk Potter and Jeri Rafter
Editor: Kristen Swanbeck
Composer: Laura Ortman
Associate Producers: Sky Hopinka and Susan Harness
Director of Photography: Zelmira Gainza
Kendra Mylnechuk Potter