We Were Children

Directed by Timothy Wolochatiuk

DIRECTOR

Timothy Wolochatiuk

COUNTRY

Canada

RUNNING TIME

82 mins

YEAR

2012

LANGUAGE

English

ABOUT THE FILM

This highly emotional docu-drama tells the story of 2 young First Nations children who were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. At its peak the Canadian government’s residential school system saw 150,000 Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit children placed in 80 schools across the country. Their experience was often made worse by years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which still scar their adult lives. The impact of the system is conveyed unflinchingly through the testimonies of Lyna and Glen who were forced to face hardships beyond their years.

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