Reel Causes AGM: Birth of a Family

May 19, 2019
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward’s Location: 149 West Hastings

Join the Reel Causes board and other members for our 2019 AGM and the screening of Birth of a Family

On February 28th, Reel Causes will host its annual general meeting (AGM) at the National Film Board’s screening room. Following the AGM, Reel Causes is proud to present a special presentation of award-winning NFB documentary Birth of a Family. 

Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. Now all in middle age, each has grown up in different circumstances, with different family cultures, different values and no shared memories. Birth of a Family follows them through the challenges, trepidations and joys of their first steps towards forming their family.

Meeting all together for the first time, they spend a week in Banff, Alberta, sharing what they know about their mother and stories about their lives and the struggles they went through as foster kids and adoptees. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.

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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by Q&A sessions to educate and inspire our community, providing a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.

A Reel Causes annual membership is $25. This membership helps us provide sliding scale ticketing options to the community, as well as support local organizations. Not sure if your membership is still valid? If you would like to take advantage of a one time sliding scale membership for this event, please email info@reelcauses.org for a discount code.

The AGM is an opportunity to thank the causes we’ve worked with over the last year, and reflect on the great films that have helped to highlight issues important to the local community. We’ll also be looking forward to our programming for 2019, and appreciate input from our members before we confirm our films and causes.

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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.

City of Vancouver
SFU Woodwards
BC Arts Council