Family Affair

Overview

In 1978, when he was ten years old, Chico Colvard found his father's gun and was playing with it, imitating a cowboy he'd seen on television, when he accidentally shot his sister Paula Colvard. Paula was taken to the hospital, and convinced that she was dying, Paula made a startling statement to the doctor -- that for years her father, Elijah Colvard Jr., had been sexually abusing her, as well as her sisters, Angelika and Chica. Paula survived, but Elijah was in time found guilty of child sexual abuse and spent a...
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Overview

In 1978, when he was ten years old, Chico Colvard found his father's gun and was playing with it, imitating a cowboy he'd seen on television, when he accidentally shot his sister Paula Colvard. Paula was taken to the hospital, and convinced that she was dying, Paula made a startling statement to the doctor -- that for years her father, Elijah Colvard Jr., had been sexually abusing her, as well as her sisters, Angelika and Chica. Paula survived, but Elijah was in time found guilty of child sexual abuse and spent a year in prison. Chico hadn't had any contact with his father for many years when he discovered that Elijah was invited to a family reunion he would be attending. While Chico expected the event would give everyone an opportunity to confront the father about his crimes, the reality was quite different, as Elijah seemed content to act as if he'd done nothing wrong and his sisters were similarly able to ignore their father's betrayal. Chico brought a small video camera to the reunion, and the footage he shot that day became part of his documentary Family Affair, in which he examines a shocking and tragic real-life story of abuse and its emotional consequences. Family Affair received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Director's Statement; Coming attractions; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • UPC: 829567084526
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arts Alliance Amer
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,292

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chico David Colvard Voice Only
Technical Credits
Chico David Colvard Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Rachel Clark Editor
Dan Cogan Executive Producer
Miriam Cutler Score Composer
Abigail E. Disney Executive Producer
Liz Garbus Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Family Affair
1. Chapter 1 [7:53]
2. Chapter 2 [7:38]
3. Chapter 3 [8:36]
4. Chapter 4 [8:20]
5. Chapter 5 [7:48]
6. Chapter 6 [7:55]
7. Chapter 7 [6:55]
8. Chapter 8 [8:35]
9. Chapter 9 [10:21]
10. Chapter 10 [6:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Family Affair
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Extras
      Director's Statement
      Family Affair Trailer
      Available on DVD
         65Red_Roses
         Becoming Chaz
         Crime After Crime
         Life 2.0
         Louder Than a Bomb
         Love Etc.
         Miss Representation
         Most Valuable Players
         No Woman No Cry
         One Lucky Elephant
         Serving Life
         Sons of Perdition
         Tent City, USA
   Set-up
      English Subtitles: On/Off
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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