David with F.A.S.

David with F.A.S.

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David Vandenbrink seems like a healthy 21-year-old, bright and articulate young man. There is little to suggest that while in his mother's womb, he suffered permanent brain damage. His condition, fetal alcohol syndrome (F.A.S.), went undiagnosed for the first 18 years of his life, causing confusion, anger, and pain for both David and his non-Indigenous adoptive family. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a term used to describe a set of symptoms seen in some children born to women who drank alcohol during pregnancy. The damage can be subtle or severe, resulting in a wide range of symptoms in the areas of slowed growth, disfigurement, and damage to the brain. Associated behavioural problems include impulsiveness, poor judgment, and an inability to grasp the consequences of actions. This personal story, using video footage shot by David himself, along with the experiences of members of his family, is a hard look into the serious consequences of a little-known, but widespread, health problem.

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  • director
    Gil Cardinal
  • script
    Gil Cardinal
  • producer
    Gil Cardinal
    Dorothy Schreiber
    Jerry Krepakevich
    Jerry McIntosh
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • camera
    Daron Donahue
    David Vandenbrink
    Danielle Vandenbrink
    Lorraine Brownrigg
  • sound
    Clancy Livingston
  • editing
    Marke Slipp