Finding Christa

Finding Christa

classified 15

bell hooks: Reel to Real


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Camille Billops and James Hatch
51 mins, 1991
Primary language

In 1961, artist Camille Billops made a painful decision: to put her 4-year-old daughter, Christa, up for adoption.

In Finding Christa, Billops is both filmmaker and subject as she tells the story of their separation and ultimate reconciliation. Facing the re-encounter with mixed emotions, Billops interrogates her family and friends as well as her own motivations.

The result is an original and daring personal work that challenges social biases about adoption and offers new insight into mother-daughter relationships. For Billops, the film offered a valuable way to archive narratives that might otherwise be invisible.

With thanks to Third World Newsreel.