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A Place Between - The Story of an Adoption

2007 1 h 14 min
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In this film, a cross-cultural adoptee struggles to find balance between his families' different ethnicities and traditions and discover how and where he fits into each world. Following the tragic death of their younger brother in 1980, Curtis Kaltenbaugh, 7, and his brother Ashok, 4, were removed from their birth mother's care in Manitoba and adopted into a white, middle-class family in Pennsylvania. This film follows Curtis' struggle with his biological family's turbulent history and observes what happens when his biological and adoptive families finally meet.

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A Place Between - The Story of an Adoption

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In this film, a cross-cultural adoptee struggles to find balance between his families' different ethnicities and traditions and discover how and where he fits into each world.

Following the tragic death of their younger brother in 1980, Curtis Kaltenbaugh, 7, and his brother Ashok, 4, were removed from their birth mother's care in Manitoba and adopted into a white, middle-class family in Pennsylvania. This film follows Curtis' struggle with his biological family's turbulent history and observes what happens when his biological and adoptive families finally meet.
  • writer
    Curtis Kaltenbaugh
  • director
    Curtis Kaltenbaugh
  • editor
    Kenneth George Godwin
  • narrator
    Curtis Kaltenbaugh
  • camera
    Keith Eidse
    Kenneth George Godwin
    Andrew Lee
    Fred Mislawchuk
    Claude Savard
  • location sound recordist
    Jay Garuk
    Marvin Polanski
  • original music
    Greg Lowe
  • narration recording
    Howard Rissin
  • sound editor
    Howard Rissin
  • online editor
    Tony Wytinck
  • re-recording mixer
    Howard Rissin
  • production coordinator
    Monique Perron
    Rolande Petit
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • transcripts
    Patricia Garry
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
    Michael Scott
    Derek Mazur

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Education

Ages 16 to 18

Warning: Some mentioning of family sexually molestation and rape.This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and deeper learning in relation to cultural identity and the importance of truth telling. Research the history of child welfare in relation to Indigenous Peoples across Canada. What is the “Sixties Scoop” and how was it an extension of residential schools? What is kinship care? How can the denial of one’s cultural identity encourage socially destructive behaviours? If Indigenous children are being fostered into non-Indigenous homes, is it necessary for the new homes to foster a child’s original cultural worldview? Should families be required to learn skills that support a child through systemic racism and the denigration of Indigenous culture? Although the caregivers are well-intentioned, what could they have done to support their adopted children’s cultural identity and sense of belonging in their new community? Why is it important to hear first-hand stories, and how do documentaries support truth telling?

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