The Doc Project

Longing to belong: seeking to meet a father she never knew

Lorrie Edmonds was given up for adoption as just a newborn. As an adult she came to realize she wanted to know about her birth parents, but over time gave up hope of ever finding them. And then, out of nowhere: an e-mail.
‘I’ll leave my tears here in California for you, and I don’t think I’ll ever come back. Just like you will never come back into my life.’
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Lorrie Edmonds with her grandmother. Her story is chronicled in Michelle Macklem's documentary, Longing to Belong.
Lorrie Edmonds was given up for adoption as just a newborn.

As an adult she came to realize she wanted to know about her birth parents, but over time gave up hope of ever finding them. Lorrie knows some scattered details about her "bio parents," but by the time she reaches middle age, the dream of reuniting slowly fades.

And then, out of nowhere: an e-mail. 

What unfolds next is an emotional journey that takes Lorrie from her home in Montreal to the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

About the producer

Michelle Macklem
Michelle Macklem is a Canadian radio producer. Currently she is the associate producer for CBC Radio's Sleepover.

Her documentary radio work has been featured on Third Coast and CBC's Spark. Michelle dabbles in the world of radio fiction and has produced work for the Australian Broadcast Corporation and Radiotopia podcasts. Her sound-rich work, Swimmers was short-listed for the Third Coast Short Docs 2016 competition.