KENDRA explores the gray areas of ethics surrounding transracial adoption, specifically Native American adoption, via a singular story as an entry point into a more complicated national issue. In many ways, Kendra Potter is a perfect example of cultural assimilation, a modern representation of the painful phrase, "Kill the Indian, save the man." Through Kendra and birth mother April Newcomb's unique experiences growing up without knowledge of their heritage or tribal affiliation, the viewer learns, along with the women, of their inherited cultural trauma as well as some of the beauty of the Lummi ways neither knew while growing up. This film will be the first documentary about an American Indian adoptee’s experience reuniting and connecting with her birth family and heritage. 1hr RT.
Major Funding provided by Vision Maker Media, Humanities Montana and the Prop Foundation