Those who missed “Dawnland” when it aired via PBS last month can now see the movie and engage with its filmmakers and stars via livestream. Directing team Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip join Esther Anne and Dawn Neptune Adams for a special screening, musical performance and panel discussion at the University of Southern Maine this evening (December 5). 


Mazo and Pender-Cudlip’s documentary captured the interworkings of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which tackled the ways United States child welfare institutions have harmed Indigenous children. The filmmakers documented the process at the invitation of Wabanaki tribal leaders and Maine-Wabanaki REACH, an organization that fights for Wabanaki autonomy.

Maine-Wabanaki REACH helped create the TRC with the goal of addressing the trauma that Maine child welfare agencies caused by forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families and placing them with White ones during the second half of the 20th century. Viewers will see the testimonials of tribal members like Adams, an activist who was abused by her White foster parents for speaking Penobscot.

Watch the above livestream when it begins at 5:30 p.m. EST. The evening will start with a concert from “Dawnland” score composer Jennifer Kreisberg and other musicians, move into the screening and conclude with the panel discussion.