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Foster Child

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At age thirty-five, Gil Cardinal searches for his natural family and an understanding of the circumstances that led to his coming into foster care as an infant. Foster Child is a documentary--unstaged and unrehearsed--about the process of that discovery, beginning with his fruitless attempt to see his own file. In his search, Gil encounters frustration and loss, but eventually finds his natural family and a renewed sense of his Métis culture.

1987, 43 min 05 s

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Gold Apple Award - Category: Human Relations / Life Styles and Life Passages
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 17 to 21 1989, Oakland - USA

Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Documentary (Gil Cardinal)
Gemini Awards
December 1 1988, Toronto - Canada

Honorable Mention - Category: Health and Medicine / Adoption
International Film and Video Festival
October 26 to 28 1988, Columbus - USA

Special Jury Award - with a cash prize of 1,500$
World Media Festival
June 5 to 11 1988, Banff - Canada

NFB Kathleen Shannon Documentary Award - with a cash prize of 1,000$
Yorkton Film Festival
May 25 to 29 1988, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Production of the Festival
Yorkton Film Festival
May 25 to 29 1988, Yorkton - Canada

Certificate of Merit for Cinematography (James Jeffrey)
Yorkton Film Festival
May 25 to 29 1988, Yorkton - Canada

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Documentary over 30 minutes
Yorkton Film Festival
May 25 to 29 1988, Yorkton - Canada

Red Ribbon Award - Category: Family Relations
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 23 to 28 1988, New York - USA

Special Jury Award
Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards
March 19 1988, Edmonton - Canada

Best Documentary Short Award
Annual American Indian Film Festival
November 12 to 15 1987, San Francisco - USA

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