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Family Affair (2010)





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FAMILY AFFAIR had its world premiere at the Sundance 2010 Film Festival and became the talk of the festival. Screening to sold out audiences and standing ovations, this riveting film goes deep into family secrets and the need to hold on to family after horrendous things happen. In FAMILY AFFAIR, filmmaker Chico David Colvard takes us on a very personal and uncompromising journey, where we discover that at the age of nine he accidentally shot his sister; believing she would die from her injuries, she revealed to the mother and police that the father had sexually molested her and her sisters for years. Using a verité approach, this film paints a truer reality of the father-daughter relationship, which our imaginations are often unable to consider, while exploring how pedophilia can manipulate and control an entire family for life.-- (C) C-Line Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Kids & Family, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Chico Colvard
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On DVD: Aug 28, 2012
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Chico Colvard
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Critic Reviews for Family Affair

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

In a field becoming more crowded by the year, Family Affair emerges as one of its more complex and unsettling examples [of the dysfunctional childhood doc].

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

As with other voyeuristic entertainments that insist on making the private public, there's the sense that such matters may be better dealt with in-house -- or in a courtroom -- than writ large on a movie screen.

Full Review… | November 16, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The [filmmaking] process obviously helped Colvard and his sisters heal in some small way and may have the same effect on certain viewers as well.

Full Review… | November 25, 2010
NYC Film Critic

Hovering safely at the margins, the film's the director seems both fearful and detached.

Full Review… | August 8, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Family Affair

Great film I'm proud of my big cousins for being so brave to tell this story!!! It has been blown off too long.

Tim Coleman Jr

One of the most powerful and smart films I've seen this year. Certainly the most provocative and insightful on the subject of family secrets, which we all seem to have. A deeply moving account of forgiveness and courage. I don't know if it will win an Oscar, but certainly worthy of consideration. I found this trailer at YouTube

scarlett MONACO

Easily my favorite documentary from this year's Independent Film Festival of Boston. A raw, real portrait of a family's ugly secret which was brought out into the open when the only male child of a family of four shot his sister accidentally while playing with his father's rifle. Unlike 2004's "Tarnation", there are no frills here, interview after interview unfolds the inner feelings of every member of the house, from the abusive father to the children and their estranged mother. An uncompromised heartbreaking look at the ugliest of moments and attitudes of a family that is forever damaged but still functioning.

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