Crave and APTN revealed a release date for their original limited series Little Bird. A drama that follows an inspirational journey of self-discovery and truth.
It follows Bezhig Little Bird (Darla Contois) as she embarks on a path to find her birth family. While doing so she uncovers the hidden truth of her family history. The series streams on Friday, May 26 on Crave and APTN lumi, in English and French, with subsequent episodes dropping Fridays.
Taken from her home in Long Pine Reserve in Saskatchewan, Bezhig Little Bird is adopted into a Montréal Jewish family at age 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 stemmed from a racist government policy, now known as the Sixties Scoop. Bezhig’s sense of identity shatters, and she must reckon with who she is and who she wants to become.
The drama stars Darla Contois; Ellyn Jade; Osawa Muskwa; Joshua Odjick; Imajyn Cardinal; Braeden Clarke; Eric Schweig; and Michelle Thrush. Lisa Eldelstein (House)plays Esther’s adoptive mother, Golda Rosenblaum.
The show won the Audience Award Prize at the 2023 SERIES MANIA Festival in Lille, France. Little Bird showrunner Jennifer Podemski recently won an Academy Board Of Directors’ Tribute Award at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards.
The project filmed in Winnipeg and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation on Treaty 1 territory and in Sioux Valley Dakota Nation on Treaty 2 territory.
Little Bird is a co-production from Crave and APTN. Rezolution Pictures and OP Little Bird produce with the participation of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Manitoba Film and Music, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Bell Fund, and the COGECO Independent Production Fund. Additional training funding is provided by Bell Media, the Indigenous Screen Office, REEL Canada and the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC). Fremantle is distributing the series globally.
Led by an Indigenous creative team, Little Bird features an Indigenous creative team. Jennifer Podemski and Rezolution Pictures developed the project, and created by Podemski and head writer Hannah Moscovitch. The creative team includes directors Zoe Hopkins and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and was written by Hopkins and Moscovitch. Christina Fon, Ernest Webb, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick (Rezolution Pictures), Kim Todd, Nicholas Hirst (Original Pictures), Jennifer Podemski, Hannah Moscovitch are executive producers.
Zoe Hopkins, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Jeremy Podeswa, along with Christian Vesper and Dante Di Loreto (Fremantle) also executive produce. Tanya Brunel, Jessica Dunn (OP Little Bird), Claire MacKinnon, Philippe Chabot (Rezolution Pictures), Lori Lozinski and Ellen Rutter produce.