Episode 43: Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of a Family (2016) and Kalina Bertin’s Manic (2016)

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In this episode, I talk about two powerful documentaries from the Montreal International Documentary Festival. The first film is Tasha Hubbard’s “Birth of a Family,” which is about four siblings–Betty Ann, Ben, Esther, and Rosalie–who meet for the first time, 50 years after they were taken away from their mother, Mary Jane, during the Sixties Scoop in Canada. The Sixties Scoop was a program that took First Nations children and put them in foster care or with white families. “Birth of a Family” explores how the four siblings cope with the past and create a new future together.

The second film is Kalina Bertin’s “Manic,” a personal film that explores both the complicated life of Bertin’s father and the struggles of her siblings, Felicia and Sean, who have manic depression. Bertin’s film is a raw and unflinching look at mental illness and how the ghosts of the past haunt the present.

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