The filmmaker and assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan Tasha Hubbard talks to Joseph Planta about her film Birth of a Family, screening at SFU Woodward’s Wednesday, 24 January 2018 as part of the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) NFB Indigenous Cinema Tour.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
There’s a free screening of a film, Birth of a Family, Wednesday, 24 January 2018. One can’t recommend enough to go see it because it’s a powerful film. Tasha Hubbard its director joins me now. I’ll get her to tell us about this film that follows four Indigenous siblings, victims of the Sixties Scoop, as they meet for the first time. Betty Ann Adam, of the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, is one of the siblings, and for years has sought to find her brother and two sisters. She finally does, and this film chronicles their meeting at the Calgary airport before heading off for a reunion at Banff. This film has already won the 2017 Edmonton International Film Festival’s Audience Award for best documentary feature, and the Special Jury Prize – Moon Jury at imagineNATIVE 2017. The film’s producer is Bonnie Thompson. On Wednesday the 24th, Tasha and Betty Ann Adam will participate in a Q&A after the film at SFU Woodward’s. It’s part of the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) NFB Indigenous Cinema Tour, to bring as many of the Film Board’s Indigenous-helmed films to the public free of charge or at low cost. 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. She has recently been appointed to the National Film Board’s Indigenous Advisory Council. @TashHubbard  is the Twitter handle. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Tasha Hubbard; Ms. Hubbard, good morning.