Sunday, August 8, 2010

Family Affair

“Family Affair” is director Chico Colvard's very personal search for answers as to why his three sisters continue to keep in their lives the father who sexually abused them as children. The abuse only came to light after Colvard, at the age of 10, accidentally shot the eldest girl in the leg. (Believing she would die, she decided to spill the beans in an effort to save her siblings from further abuse.) Through standard home-movie footage, old photos, and present-day interviews with relatives (including sisters Paula, Angelika, and Chiquita, their estranged German-Jewish mother, and even their ailing African-American father), Colvard has painstakingly attempted to assemble as many pieces of his family's history together in an effort to make sense of the unthinkable. Unfortunately, the fragments never quite fit into a cinematic whole.

To read the rest of my review visit Slant Magazine.

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