Family Affair (C-LineFilms [www.c-linefilms.com], 82 min., DVD: $20: individuals; $295 (w/PPR): institutions). Filmed over five years, director Chico Colvard’s dysfunctional family portrait grips the viewer at the outset by recounting a childhood day in Kentucky in 1978 when Chico accidentally shot and badly wounded his sister Paula with an automatic rifle owned by his Vietnam-vet father, Elijah—an event that would lead to the exposure of Elijah’s incestuous abuse of his three daughters. Colvard visits his sisters—now adults—who break bread with their father during Thanksgiving but are estranged from their mother. This film mirrors the literature of Alice Walker and Maya Angelou. Highly recommend for colleges, universities and libraries.(VL-3/11)
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