RELEASED MARCH 13th 2012 I 107 MIN

At 10 years old, Chico Colvard 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 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. 

Driving the story forward is Colvard’s sensitive probing of a complex dynamic: the way his three sisters survived severe childhood abuse by their father and, as adults, manage to muster loyalty to him. These unforgettable, invincible women paint a picture of their harrowing girlhoods as they resiliently struggle with present-day fallout. 

The distance time gives them from their trauma yields piercing insights about the legacy of abuse, the nature of forgiveness, and eternal longing for family and love. These truths may be too searing to bear, but they reverberate powerfully within each of us. 

Chico received support from WGBH in Boston, the LEF Foundation, the Color of Film, and HBO. In addition to his work with Firelight Media, Chico worked with Liz Garbus at Moxie Firecracker Films as co-producer and editors Rachel J. Clark and Sam Pollard. 

Family Affair was selected for the Documentary Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film won the best documentary feature award at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Cincinnati Film Festival, and the Duke City DocFest, Albuquerque. Additionally, Mr. Colvard’s film received the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Independent Film Festival Boston. This critically acclaimed documentary was also an Official Selection at Full Frame, Silverdocs, HotDocs, and IDA DocuWeeks. The film aired on Oprah Winfrey’s network (OWN) in March 2012. 

Chico is currently working on a new project titled Black Americana: A Love Story About America’s Obsession with Racist Memorabilia. He is also the Founding Curator of the Film Series at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Chico is committed to showcasing innovative, diverse and thought-provoking filmmakers and their work. Finally, Chico served as Executive Producer for the film Holy Ghetto.