Daughter of a Lost Bird

Daughter of a Lost Bird follows Kendra, an actress who is an adult Native adoptee, on her journey to reconnect with her birth family. Discovering her Lummi heritage, she confronts issues of her own identity, unpacking layered histories and complexities. Her singular story represents many affected by the United States government’s policy towards Indigenous people.

Director: Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfoot/Salish)
Producers: Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (Lhaq’temish), Jeri Rafter, Gita Saedi Kiely
USA | 2021 | 66 min
English | Documentary Feature

Availability: North America

Content Warnings: Triggering historical trauma (Residential schools, Indian Act, 60s Scoop, MMIWG2S)

Brooke Swaney is a producer/filmmaker with an MFA in Film from NYU. Daughter of a Lost Bird is Brooke’s first feature documentary which was the Closing Night Film at the 2021 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. In 2019, she was selected to participate as a NATIVe Fellow at the European Film Market/Berlinale. 

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