WMM release DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD (dir. Brooke Pepion Swaney) will have its broadcast premiere on WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed May 5 at 8/7c and will be available to stream through June 6, 2022! Just before the broadcast premiere on May 5 at 7pm ET, join WORLD Channel and filmmaker Brooke Pepion Swaney on Twitter spaces for an in-depth conversation about the generational effects of adoption on Native American families and how communities are advocating for justice and tribal sovereignty. Importantly, May 5 is also a day of remembrance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD follows Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, a Native woman adopted into a white family on her journey to find her birth mother April, also a Native adoptee and return to her Lummi homelands in Washington State.
With a sensitive yet unflinching lens, Blackfeet/Salish filmmaker Brooke Pepion Swaney (who received the Best Female Director award and Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at Woodstock Film Festival) documents Kendra and April as they connect with relatives and navigate what it means to be Native. Along the way, Kendra begins to view herself as a living legacy of U. S. assimilationist policy. The film opens the door to broader, more complicated conversations about the erasure of Native culture and questions of identity surrounding adoption.