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French Man, Native Son ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527179
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Colette Blanchard
Directors:  Monika Ille
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Diversity, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1997
Running Time:  26m 45s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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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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