October 01, 2018
Product of Society rejects poisoned legacy
A social worker turned filmmaker says it takes a concerted effort to break from the damaging legacy of state care.
As part of her study at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Carmen Manuel made a short film based on the experiences of her whānau.
Product of Society explores the consequences of her mother and siblings being placed in state care because of a family breakdown.
They included the fact that in the next generation, a member of each of the descent lines spent time in prison.
That’s not a fate she wants for her own children.
"And we’re doing that with the rest of our whanau as well because it stops where we have the resources, we've kind of cracked the formula and we have the solutions to stop that happening. This is al the generation that comes off what happened back then in the 60s and 70s. We're dealing with that right now," Ms Manuel says.
Knowing her own whānau story has helped with her work in Whānau Ora and community justice panels, because many of the rangatahi she sees have forced separation by the state in their family history.
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