The Wabanaki communities of Maine are at the center of this powerful, topical documentary about the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission aimed at helping Native families after decades of horrific government policy and treatment. For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, commissioners have traveled across Maine, gathering testimony and bearing witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. Can they right this wrong and turn around a broken child welfare system? Dawnland foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.

Directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
86 minutes

“Sunday, October 7th 2pm screening followed by panel discussion with filmmaker Adam Mazo and Denise Altvater, Coordinator of the Wabanaki Youth Program in Maine" Click here for more information




Show Times

  • Friday, October 5, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • Friday, October 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:30am
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • Monday, October 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
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