“Canada is undergoing a reckoning right now with some truths around residential schools, and the gruesome facts that we’re finding out right now in the public media. As Indigenous people we’ve always known these things, but right now it seems that Canada is willing to acknowledge these things as a society, as a public. Lots of people are learning this for the first time right now,” Zoe Hopkins, WRITER and DIRECTOR of episodes 4-6.
Little Bird is a six-part limited series that explores universal themes of resilience in the face of trauma and loss.
Removed from her home on the Long Pine Reserve in Saskatchewan, Bezhig. Little Bird is adopted into a Montreal Jewish family at the age of five, becoming Esther Rosenblum.
Now in her 20s, Bezhig longs for the family she lost and is willing to sacrifice everything to find them. Her search lands her in the Canadian Prairies, worlds apart from everything she knows.
As she begins to track down her siblings, she unravels the mystery behind her adoption discovering that her apprehension was connected to a series of racist government policies now collectively known as the Sixties Scoop.
Bezhig’s sense of identity shatters forcing her to reckon with who she is and who she wants to become.
Created by Jennifer Podemski and Hannah Moscovitch.
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director Jennifer Podemski is a director, writer, producer and actor. Born and raised in Toronto, Jennifer makes her home in Barrie, Ontario. Of mixed Anishinaabe (First Nation) and Ashkenazi (Jewish) decent, Jennifer's professional acting career began when she was 17. Her breakout role was Sadie, in Bruce McDonald's iconic film, Dance Me Outside, a performance that garnered critical acclaim, solidifying her place in Canada's film and television canon.
Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright and TV writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the most produced living playwright in Canada as well as being widely produced internationally. Hannah has been honored with numerous awards for her work, including Canada's highest literary honor the Governor General's Award, and the prestigious international Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University.
Little Bird employs powerful casting, including performances from Darla Contois, Braeden Clarke, Imajyn Cardinal and Joshua Odjick. As well as, Ellyn Jade, Osawa Muskwa with Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush and Lisa Edelstein.