Jul 31, 2010
Chico Colvard is the son of a WWII German-Jewish
mother and African-American father raised in the segregated south
of Georgia. After pursuing a career in the theatre arts, Chico went on to eventually study and teach "race,
law, and media" related courses at the University of Massachusetts,
Chico is the producer and director of a deeply personal and uncompromising documentary, called Family Affair.
Family Affair begins where at 10 years old, filmmaker, Chico Colvard, accidentally shot his sister in the leg. This random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities that shattered his family. Thirty years later, Chico bravely visits his relatives and what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium. Family Affair is a story that yields insights about the legacy of abuse and attempts to understand one’s capacity to accommodate a parent’s past crimes in order to satisfy an eternal longing for family.
Family Affair is a feature length documentary that premiered in competition at Sundance and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her new cable channel, OWN. Family Affair has screened at premiere festivals around the world, winning Audience and Best Documentary Feature awards.