My Name is Joan Documentary


Film submitted for consideration to:


Canadian International Short Film-WINNER

New Haven Int. Film Festival-ACCEPTED

The Women's Film Festival

​Metropolitant Film Festival

Apex Short Film Festival

Ridgefield Film Festival-ACCEPTED

Meters International Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

​Spotlight Doc Film Awards-WINNER

Maryland International FF

Through Women's Eyes

Albany Film Festival-ACCEPTED-2nd place

Pittsburgh International​-ACCEPTED

​Chicago Visions Film Festival

Seatle Film Festival

Rincon Puerto Rico

Nepal Film Festival

Long Beach Film Festivall

Documentary Short Film Festival-ACCEPTED

Women's Independent Film Festival

​Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Byron Bay International Film Festival

Short Stop International Film Festival

Greenwich Intern. Film Festival-ACCEPTED

Real Shorts Film Festival

Hot Springs International Film Festival

LA Short Film Festival​

Alliance for Women in Media-BEST DOC SHORT

​Ukrainian International Short Film Festival

​Sydney World Film Festival

Best Shorts Competition-WINNER

Best Shorts-HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNER

Female Filmmakers Film Festival

Miami Independent Film Festival-ACCEPTED

DC Shorts Film Festival

Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival





My Name is Joan" tells the story of Susan Drew, a woman who was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949.  While the documentary chronicles Susan's journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way.  The Irish Government still denies adopted children access to their information even though forced adoption affects at least a quarter of the Irish population.  In 2015, an inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes was launched and the results are due out in 2018.  Many believe the inquiry will not shed light on what really happened to mothers and their children in these homes, and the Government is dragging their feet and hoping the issue will die as the people who were directly affected or engineered the illegal adoptions die.

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​​​​​​​​​​​Best Shorts Competition Award of Merit for a Woman Filmmaker


​Gold Winner Spotlight Film Festival


Canadian International Short Film Festival Award of Distinction Winner 2016.


Best Shorts Competition

​Humanitarian Award Winner

 

Alliance for Women in Media Best Doc Short