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To my birthmother... - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB520284
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Beverly Shaffer, Mark Zannis, Sally Bochner
Directors:  Beverly Shaffer
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  54:38
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Delving into the past is a risky business but for someone who's been adopted, there's a compelling need to know. When Marie Klaassen went looking for her birthmother, she discovered that trying to find her would take perseverance and guts and that succeeding in the search was not the end but another beginning.

To my birthmother... answers the question "Oh my God, how did you find me?" with warmth and dignity. It is Marie's frank and earthy account of a personal journey through other times and other places to find the woman who gave her life. Told as a video diary, it's a fascinating story of a reunion fraught with suspense, humour and humanity.

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