“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.

Jennifer Podemski is the co-creator and showrunner on the Crave Original drama series, Little Bird. Born and raised in Toronto, Jennifer is Anishinaabe and Cree on her mother’s side and Jewish on her father’s. She is a member of Muscowpetung First Nation in Treaty 4, Saskatchewan. With a career spanning over 30 years, Jennifer has worked extensively in front and behind the camera and has earned a long list of awards, accolades and recognition for her work. In 1999, following a ten-year career in front of the camera, Jennifer was frustrated with the absence of Indigenous representation across the screen sector, so she launched Big Soul Productions, a full-service film and television production company dedicated to creating content through an Indigenous lens. By 2005, Jennifer had been at the helm of multiple television series, documentaries and two seasons of the first all Indigenous drama series Moccasin Flats. In 2005, Jennifer reinvented her approach to content creation and launched Redcloud Studios Inc., a boutique independent production company anchored by Jennifer’s creative vision, Indigenous-led process and commitment to building capacity. Since inception, Redcloud Studios Inc. has produced a wide variety of content across multiple platforms and genres, with Jennifer in the role of showrunner and executive producer, including Rabbit Fall (two seasons, drama series, Space TV/APTN), The Other Side (six seasons, factual, APTN), Indspire Awards (15 seasons, live – broadcast event, APTN/CBC), Future History (two seasons, doc-series (APTN), Unsettled (one season, drama series (APTN/TVO), Empire of Dirt (feature film, Mongrel Media dist.). In 2020, Jennifer launched The Shine Network Institute, a not-for-profit organization committed to dismantling systemic barriers facing Indigenous women across the screen sector through training, mentorship and advocacy.

Jennifer Podemski

Hannah Moscovitch is the co-creator, executive producer and head writer of the Crave Original drama series, Little Bird. Hannah draws on her experience as a Jewish woman for her work on this series. She describes growing up attending synagogue, amongst many Holocaust survivors, as being ‘in a shadow of genocide’. An acclaimed writer, Hannah is one of the most produced living playwrights in Canada as well as being widely produced internationally. Hannah has been honoured with numerous awards for her theatre work, including the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University. As a TV writer, most recently Hannah was co-executive producer on Interview With The Vampire for AMC with Gran Via and Dwight Street Book Club producing, premiering in the fall of 2022. She is also developing the drama The Biggest Modern Woman of the World for CBC with Boat Rocker producing. In film, Hannah is writing the feature Child’s Play for Rhombus Media. Hannah is playwright-in-residence at Canada’s leading new works theatre, Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

Hannah Moscovitch

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.

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