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We Were Children

Tim Wolochatiuk
2012 | 1 h 22 min
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of 2 children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

Awards and distinctions

  • Honourable Mention for Best in Unscripted- History & Biography
    World Media Festival, Banff
    2014
  • Best History and Biography Program
    World Media Festival, Banff
    2014
  • Best Sound in an Information/Documentary or Lifestyle Program or Series (Daniel Pellerin, Howard Rissin, Jeremy Maclaverty, John Sievert, Randy Wilson, Rob Hutchins, Stan Mak, Stefan Fraticelli)
    Canadian Screen Awards, Toronto
    2014
  • Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series (Jeremy Benning CSC, Kim Bell)
    Canadian Screen Awards, Toronto
    2014
  • Best Public Service
    Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco
    2013