DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Brooke Swaney and subjects Kendra Mylnechuk Potter and Sandy Henderson moderated by entertainment journalist & TV producer KJ Matthews.

Kendra’s adopted parents are amazing. But growing up in white suburbia, she knew little of her Native American culture, and nothing about her Lummi heritage. She and her friend, filmmaker Brooke Swaney, embark on a journey to discover more about her family’s history and lives. The search for Kendra’s birth mother finally finds success and their lives begin to intertwine as they unpack how the Indian Child Welfare Act and Indian Adoption Project has affected both of their lives. DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD is a courageous endeavor to understand oneself while allowing the camera to follow each trial and tribulation. The film is an exploration of sorrow and joy, and all of those confusing emotions in between. –Eric Moore

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect, with filmmaker in attendance to respond to your questions, here.

Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) works to tell contemporary Native stories. Most recently and notably she made the Blacklist’s Inaugural Indigenous List with TINDER ON THE REZ along with her co-writer Angela Tucker. She also produced BELLA VISTA (Rotterdam), SIXTY-FOUR FLOOD (PBS & PBS DIGITAL) and the podcast ALL MY RELATIONS with Matika Wilbur and Dr. Adrienne Keen. She holds an MFA in Film from NYU. This is her first feature documentary.

Brooke Swaney


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Brooke Pepion Swaney

Screenwriter: Brooke Pepion Swaney

Producers: Jeri Rafter, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, Brooke Pepion Swaney

Executive Producer: Gita Saedi Kiely

Director of Photography: Zelmira Gainza

Editor: Kristen Swanbeck

Music: Laura Ortman

Featuring: Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, April Kowalski

Running Time (minutes): 67

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available