Kingfish is a documentary film that addresses a 19-year estrangement between Jack McDonald and his brother, Dan. Despite research indicating that 1 in 12 people experience familial estrangement, this phenomenon is rarely discussed. Kingfish explores the culture of silence surrounding family estrangement, as well as other complex factors contributing to its initiation and maintenance.
Kingfish examines Jack and Dan’s estrangement as a byproduct of significant events that were not properly addressed or processed. Existing within the tradition of domestic ethnography and autobiographical documentary, Kingfish provides an intimate and personal portrait of family cutoff, which acts as one small initiative to confront the silence surrounding estrangement.
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