Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has made good on its new strategy of paying more attention to the needs of black audiences; the network successfully aired its Roots reunion, a great start in establishing it as a home for unique African-American content. Oprah’s OWN Documentary club has acquired the rights to Family Affair a 2010 Sundance Film Festival entry that only had limited release in theaters but has a serious story to tell.
Filmmaker Chico Colvard returns to his childhood home to document the growth and healing (or perhaps lack of both) in his family years after a life-altering incident. We learn that at the age of nine he accidentally shot his sister and she, believing that she would die, confessed that their father had been sexually abusing both her and her sisters.
The extended trailer is very thought-provoking and has me really looking forward to watching the whole documentary. Family Affair will air on OWN on March 1.
Hat tip to Shadow & Act.