Family Affair 2013 NR CC

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At 10 years old, Chico Colvard accidentally shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family.

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1 hour 21 minutes

Family Affair

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Genres Documentary, Kids & Family
Director Chico Colvard
Studio C-Line Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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I hope healing and love fills their lives in some capacity.
LO30
There were many things I did not understand, but there was no judgement..
2bemeand3
I watched this documentary, and I wasn't able to sleep afterwards.
Paisley Princess

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paisley Princess on January 8, 2014
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I watched this documentary, and I wasn't able to sleep afterwards. When Angie said "My first orgasm was from daddy" I was repulsed, but I got it. It is what is was, and we all remember the first person who brought us into the sexual world. In Angel's case, it was her father. For all his evil of this man, he held the power and like the the psychiatrist said the incest became the "powerful reward." It's a maddening undertaking, trying to figure out why these women allow this man around him but feel the most anger around their mother. But I get that too. She is the villain because they feel she should have protected them more, but she was a victim too. I think the mother, as demented as she is made the most sense but she fails to understand the dynamics of abuse and incest. The documentary leaves more questions than answers: What happened to the sisters after the filming? What about the children that the father had from the second marriage (why a woman would marry a sexual predator is beyond me, but she was a kid herself). I think there is something lacking in the film, and it's David's detachment from the subjects and the victimization his sisters experienced but he himself did not. This is strange and unsettling documentary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leland Joseph on June 1, 2013
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An honest, haunting and disturbing movie. I must commend the producer for having the "guts" to air this very "dirty laundry" of his family's secrets.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LO30 on June 14, 2013
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Watching this helps me understand my own mother and what she went through more. People do not realize the level of acceptance that a child being abused must go through to survive. That acceptance stays with them through their whole lives sometimes, and its not for anyone to judge them on that. My heart breaks for these four siblings and their braveness of telling their story is inspiring. I hope healing and love fills their lives in some capacity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OlyNomad VINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
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We watched this last night and it was one of the most powerful and authentic documentaries that I've ever seen. We stayed up talking after it ended because it got our memories and minds going so much. It is about the family dynamics after extreme sexual and physical abuse and it shows the sickness of not only the abuser but the twisted/wrecked mental state of the adult women as a result of being abused. The obvious question after learning how they were abused is how can they have anything to do with him after that and this documentary really dives into that. It was shocking how they made accommodations and excuses for him. There is no justification for doing what he did, none at all...but they made them in their minds and kept a relationship with him, even calling him Daddy and becoming jealous when he'd give one daughter more attention than another. This guy abused his daughters in absolutely horrific ways, but the family protected him and sold out anyone who wasn't willing to protect, excuse and cover up. I was almost as horrified by their behavior as I was his. Not a moment of it felt manufactured, it was like you were a fly on the wall during the actual discussions.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JesseP on December 6, 2012
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This documentary has been receiving accolades and I really didn't think it was done very well. The daughters are wonderful at telling their stories and talking about what they have done with their lives. However, their brother (the filmmaker) is judgmental of them which really bothered me. I was an abused child and I maintained my relationship with both parents until they were in their 80s. It is much more typical for abused children to maintain a relationship with their abusive parent than for them to walk away. Its ironic that the one child who was not abused, the filmmaker, was the one who cut off ties with his parents. I give the sisters huge props for never playing the victim and going on with their lives to the best of their ability. However, I think their story could have been told in a fairer, less judgmental and more emotionally rich way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NicoleReviewsItAll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2014
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Ok, so I was intrigued by this video as many people gave it good reviews. However, I felt that this documentary left me with more questions than answers.

The mother of the girls writing the letter to them to basically stay out of her life left me shocked and dismayed, however the interview the author had with his mother, who said she was upset at how her daughters ran right back to their father after he got out of jail, made me understand how she came to that decision.

I feel like this family could have benefited from intense counseling and the relationship that the girls have with their father now, and what seems to be a lack of a relationship with any other men, just seems off and odd.

To be honest, after watching this, I felt unsettled and uneasy. I feel like the the grown sisters are still be victimized by their father, and even talking about the 'rapes and whatnot' like its acceptable behavior makes me sick. I wish I never watched this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 2bemeand3 on January 16, 2013
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Watched this documentary last night. I found this to be a complex family, with deep issues.
I can honestly say it is a must see. There were many things I did not understand, but there was no judgement..
I believe as a family they should have extensive therapy if they have not already started that process.
I recently read a quote, " Forgiveness does not equal approval." Chico seemed to be the only one to understand that.
Excellent documentary!!! Excellent story!!!
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