High-Five: an adoption saga

Vancouver couple Cathy and Martin Ward wanted to adopt a baby. Instead they got five siblings, ages six to seventeen, from Ukraine. The wrenching story of the adoption process is just the beginning of this very human family saga. Since we began filming in 2008, all five kids have arrived and, each in his and her own way, are coping with the transition to youth and adolescent life in Canada. It’s a moving if strenuous ride for all concerned – a story of great emotions and insights into a migration like few others.

To advance the project, Piksuk entered a partnership, which sees Vancouver-based Interfilm produce what has now become a series, backed by The Knowledge Network of British Columbia. Director Julia Ivanova and producer Boris Ivanov are well advanced in the filming and plan to deliver the series by late 2011.

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One Comment

  1. Nancy McLean
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I attended your film yesterday at the Vancouver Film Festival. I hope in the long run agencies and families themselves will be able to view and perhaps purchase/download this documentary. Very realistic portrayal of transitions of children into families and how complex it is. What a great family, and great kids. Well done staying on the theme of attachment challenges/differences/successes.

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    Piksuk's mission is to promote Inuit history and culture and to train Inuit in all aspects of media work. We've been doing this since 2005. Read more on our company (with video). Or read more about the three people behind it.

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