ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto 2022

Unloved: Huronia's Forgotten Children

Expired June 1, 2022 5:00 PM
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This event is co-presented with the generous support of Canada Media Fund (CMF).

On May 29 at 3:00 PM EST, join us for In Conversation: "Remember Every Name" - a virtual discussion moderated by Liv Mendelsohn (Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence) and will feature panelists Barri Cohen (director, Unloved: Huronia's Forgotten Children), Marie Slark (Huronia Regional Centre Class Action leader), Jim Dolmage (Litigation Guardian, Huronia Regional Centre Class Action), and Brian Logie (HRC survivor, artist, and advocate).

It will take place on Zoom, and a link will be sent out to registrants.

Following this discussion, we invite you to join us at 5:00 PM EST for Drop In Care Club, a relaxed virtual gathering space on Zoom facilitated by chris/teen salik, a queer Pakistani-Canadian art-ivist, mindfulness facilitator, and Founder & Creative Director of Healing Hearts Through Art (h2art). Come on by to chat about the festival, films, life in general, or just hang out in this drop-in Zoom room, designed to hold space for community to gather and process together.

The following access features will be available:

  • ASL Interpretation, CART

Community Partners: Toronto Jewish Film Society, Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence, and Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT), ReFrame Film Festival

For most of her early life, filmmaker Barri Cohen knew her immediate family to consist of her parents, two brothers and half-sister. But one day, in a moment of emotional disclosure, her father revealed the existence of two more siblings. Cohen never knew her half-brothers Alfred and Louis, who were dropped off as toddlers at the Huronia Regional Centre, a now-closed hospital and home for children with developmental disabilities. In the wake of a successful class-action lawsuit, Cohen is finally able "to peel back the half-truths and secrets" around her two now-deceased siblings. Speaking to the families and survivors of the centre, she pieces together the story of her brothers' lives through shocking stories of abuse, humiliation and trauma. But these interviews also provide hope and light, as the survivors support each other in their battle for recognition and healing.

Content Warning: this film contains discussions of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and mentions of outmoded disability labels and language.

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    90 minutes
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    Barri Cohen