CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Daughter of a Lost Bird

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 66 minutes

Daughter of a Lost Bird
Daughter of a Lost Bird
Daughter of a Lost Bird
Daughter of a Lost Bird

Kendra always knew she was adopted, and she loved her parents and childhood growing up in her predominantly white Oregon community. When encouraged to seek out her birth family, Kendra discovers her Lummi heritage from the Lummi Nation in Northwest Washington. Curious, yet terrified of what she may find, Kendra reunites with her free-spirited birth mother, who was also adopted. The two embark on their own conflicted journeys—a balancing act of making peace with who they thought they were, and the blood that courses through their veins. The backdrop to this complex family tree is the horrific chapter of American history marked by the 1958 Indian Adoption Project, a program of the federal government that removed Indian children from their Native homes to be adopted by non-Native families in a forcible act of assimilation. The documentary DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD depicts just one of too many Native stories about the devastating loss and resilient spirit of this nation’s tribes whose children continue to be removed despite the law of the land, the Indian Child Welfare Act. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Mimi Ohio Theatre

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 7:40 PM

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 5:10 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Indigenous Cinema
Women of the World

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Brooke Pepion Swaney

Brooke Pepion Swaney, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, Jeri Rafter

Zelmira Gainza

Kristen Swanbeck

Film Contact

Film Sponsors

Equius Group LLC

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Community Partners

Lake Erie Native American Council

Adoption Network Cleveland

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