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National Film Board

We Were Children

Tim Wolochatiuk / Canada / 2012 / 88 ' / Anglais - Français - Cree

Credits

John Whitcher
Jason Sherman
Shawn Pierce
Kyle Irving & David Christensen
Executive Producer: Lisa Meeches, Laszlo Barna, David Christensen, Kyle Irving, Loren Mawhinney

Awards & Festivals

Canadian Screen Award 2014: Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series
In Production

A look into the Canadian government's abusive residential school system and its resulting trauma on the indigenous population.

Synopsis

In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. WE WERE CHILDREN gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.