Filmmaker Chico Colvard presents his FAMILY AFFAIR

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 6:00pm

Screening of Family Affair (Chico Colvard, 2010)

followed by Q&A with Director Chico Colvard

and discussion with a panel of experts on family violence.


At 10 years old, filmmaker Chico Colvard, accidentally shot his sister in the leg. This random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities that shattered his family. Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures veils of secrecy and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium and a story that yields piercing insights about a legacy of abuse and attempts to understand one’s capacity to accommodate a parent’s past crimes in order to satisfy an eternal longing for family.


This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Documentaries and Law Program, Cinema Studies Program,
Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center, and Women's Studies Program and Alice Paul Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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