Award-Winning Documentary to Premiere at Mason; Director to Appear

Posted: November 3, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

The documentary “Family Affair” will premiere at Mason’s Johnson Center Cinema on Monday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. Director Chico Colvard will appear in person for a post-screening talk and question-and-answer segment.

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.

Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures the veils of secrecy and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw and cathartic as any in the history of the medium.

Admission is free. The film is sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program and African and African American Studies, with support from University Life, Cultural Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

For more information, contact Cynthia Fuchs at or call 703-993-2768.

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