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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 Films

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Chico Colvard
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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].

November 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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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.

November 16, 2010 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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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.

November 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
NYC Film Critic

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

August 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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