2022 Catalina Film Festival

Reckoning with The Primal Wound

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Reckoning with The Primal Wound - Documentary

Filmmaker and adoptee, Rebecca Autumn Sansom, alongside her biological mother, Jill Hawkins, Ph.D., have produced the first feature-length documentary about author Nancy Verrier’s landmark book, The Primal Wound. It’s also the first film to star Verrier herself. The Primal Wound is in it’s 15th printing and has been selling briskly around the world since 1993. The film not only deals with relinquishment trauma, but also Verrier’s philosophy that the damage done by the separation of a child and it’s biological mother culminates in a primal wound that must be acknowledged in order to heal. Sansom says, “The Primal Wound was the first time I heard an alternate narrative about adoption. A narrative that resonated with my feelings of loss and grief, one that was never presented to me until I read Verrier’s eerily insightful words.”

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  • Country
    United States
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  • Director
    Rebecca Autumn Sansom
  • Screenwriter
    Jill Martin Hawkins
  • Producer
    Sara Davis, Demetria Kalodimos
  • Filmmaker
    Executive Producer: Gena Vazquez
  • Cast
    Nancy Verrier, Amanda Baden, David Brodzinsky, Nico Opper