French Man, Native Son

French Man, Native Son

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When 16-year-old Jean-Luc Battuz met Lonnie and Theresa Selam's family on the Yakima Reservation in Washington State, he immediately felt he was where he belonged. Over a decade later they would adopt him as their son, and he would move to British Columbia in order to live near them. Though he is white and European, Jean-Luc's affinity with the spiritual values of North American Native cultures drew him into a relationship with the Selam family. French Man, Native Son recounts the unique exchange between Jean-Luc, now 28, and his adoptive parents. He will always retain his original heritage, even while actively participating in the life, responsibilities, and traditions of the family who have welcomed him into their lives.

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French Man, Native Son, Monika Ille, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Monika Ille
  • associate producer
    Gilles Péloquin
  • producer
    Colette Blanchard
  • camera
    René Sioui Labelle
  • sound
    Philippe Scultéty
  • editing
    Suzanne Allard
  • sound editing
    Robert Poirier
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • music recording
    Louis Hone
  • music re-recording
    Louis Hone
  • music
    Martin Savaria
    André Gauthier
  • participation
    Jean-Luc Battuz
    Lonnie, Sr. Selam
    Theresa Selam
    Tracy Selam
    Loren Selam
    Shelian Selam

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