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Stolen Hearts seeks another $17,000

The documentary Stolen Hearts is seeking another $17,000 to complete the project. - Kurt Knock
The documentary Stolen Hearts is seeking another $17,000 to complete the project.
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The filmmaker of a documentary about Cowichan Valley newborns being apprehended from their mothers at birth is looking for more funding to help make the film a reality.

Since starting the project in 2012, director-producer Patricia Dawn has raised $22,000 for the movie Stolen Hearts. She is looking for an additional $17,000 to complete the project.

Forty hours of footage has been filmed and plans are for a test screening to be held this fall.

After that screening and input and discussion from Cowichan Valley residents, the film will be edited a final time and then released. Dawn is hoping that in addition to being shown locally, the 60-minute documentary will be shown at film festivals and as an educational tool for schools, social service organizations, medical and academic communities and First Nations peoples.

“Those voices not being heard, the stories not being told, all will be highlighted,” Dawn said. “It will show the generational trauma that has been going on since colonialism.”

In addition to highlighting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Mothers, the perspectives of  medical professionals, front line agencies, and local social workers who have witnessed the dysfunction of the child protection system and how it affects the whole community will be heard.

On June 7, the Matraea Centre will host a fundraising event for the film at its headquarters at 170 Craig Street. Doors open at 3 p.m., wine and cheese will be served and there are door prizes. A trailer of the movie will be shown at 7 p.m.

And on June 15, a crowd sourcing campaign will begin, to help Dawn raise the remaining $17,000. Those wishing to contribute can visit the Stolen Hearts website.

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