A feature length documentary with screenings across New England and special episode of Independent Lens airing on November 5 at 10:00 pm on Maine Public Television.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.
Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.
In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people
For a list of screenings of DAWNLAND, click HERE.
MAINE PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS:
Maine Public will be participating in two specific DAWNLAND screenings that include panel discussions moderated by Maine Public. The events are free and the public is invited to attend.
Monday, October 29 at the University of Maine in Orono
Friday, November 16 at the University of Southern Maine in Portland
DAWNLAND and MAINE PUBLIC NEWS
DAWNLAND will be a topic heard throughout the fall on Maine Public and will be the topic of a special Maine Calling episode hosted by Jennifer Rooks on Monday November 5 at 1:00 pm on Maine Public Radio.
DAWNLAND ON INDEPENDENT LENS
DAWNLAND will be show as an episode of Independent Lens on Monday November 5 at 10:00 pm on Maine Public Television.