Ryan Stec

2004, 57:00 minutes, colour, English


A father and his son. A filmmaker and his subject. A man and his mothers. A mother and her lover.

This touching road trip traces a man's complicated history across the vast expanse of the Canadian Shield, and asks the question 'What does it mean to be family?' Starting in Winnipeg and winding its way back towards Thunder Bay, Bastard is a unique and intimate journey with a filmmaker and his father.

The documentary is the story of a boy who had two mothers. Now with a family of his own, he traces his story, in the company of his son, who assembles a complex timeline that explores the bizarre choices of his biological mother and their effects on him, her secret son.

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