Lost Sparrow

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Date:  Monday, September 23, 2013
Location: Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (No. 310)
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Panel:  listed below are the four panel members.  Professor Susan Appleton will introduce the film and will be the moderator for the panel.

  •  Gabrielle Allan
    MSW Candidate 2014 & Scholar, Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Washington University
    BA in Anthropology & Native American Studies, Dartmouth College 2011
    Member, Navajo Nation and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Cheryl Block
    Professor of Law, Washington University
    Adoptive mother of Native American son, since his birth (now age 14) 
  • Abigail Smith
    JD Candidate 2016 & Scholar, Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Washington University
    BA in Government & Native American Studies, Dartmouth College 2012
    Adoptee, Oglala Lakota, & Member, Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota
  • Adrian Smith
    JD & MSW Washington University 2012
    Government Affairs Associate, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland OR
    Co-author, Brief Amici Curiae to the US Supreme Court, in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013)

Film: Some questions are never answered. Some answers are hard to take. Three decades ago, two Crow Indian brothers ran away from home and no one knew why. Their sudden and mysterious deaths sent shockwaves through a tiny upstate New York community.  This is their adoptive brother’s journey to bring Bobby and Tyler home and confront a painful truth that shattered his family.

Lost Sparrow is written, produced and directed by Chris Billing.  Chris Billing has more than two decades of experience in documentary filmmaking and network news coverage. His first documentary, UP TO THE MOUNTAIN, DOWN TO THE VILLAGE (2005), returns with three members of China’s “lost generation” to the remote and impoverished villages where they were sent as teenagers for a decade of re-education during Chairman Mao’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution. The film is distributed by WGBH International. Billing worked for more than a decade as a China-based journalist, including a five-year stint as Beijing Bureau Chief for NBC News (1996-2001). During his NBC tenure, he reported on numerous historic events, including the death of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, Hong Kong’s reversion from British to Chinese rule, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. Billing speaks Mandarin Chinese and Modern Hebrew.

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