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Nana - The Lives of Live-In Nannies
Live-in nannies Leidy, Fina and Clara leave their children in distant towns to be raised by relatives while they move away to the city to care for somebody else's child. In a love chain, where mother figures are substituted and…
Grey Gardens
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle…
Sensitive - The Untold Story - A Film About the Innate Trait of High Sensitivity
Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? Did…
First Person Plural
In this Emmy Award-nominated documentary, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem explores themes of race, identity, assimilation, and birth family reunion. In 1966, Deann was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in…
American Commune - The Mundo Sisters Go Home to Revisit America's Largest Socialist Experiment
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by…
Daddy and Papa
Daddy & Papa is a one-hour documentary video that opens a candid window on the personal, cultural and political implications of gay fatherhood. From surrogacy, foster care and interracial adoption to the complexities of gay divorce and the legal battles…
Little White Lie: Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
Here One Day - A Family Copes with Mental Illness
When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother's suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had…
Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy) - Adoption From A Child's Perspective
From 2000-2008, China was the leading country for U.S. international adoptions. There are now approximately 70,000 Chinese children being raised in the United States. Wo Ai Ni Mommy explores what happens when an older Chinese girl is adopted into an…
The Role of Gender
This lesson focuses on how all of us learn about gender from an early age, and explores some of the ways in which gender-based roles, expectations and assumptions are changing.
Best Boy
Best Boy tells the story of Philip "Philly" Wohl, a 50-year-old mentally retarded man who has spent most of his life living at home with his parents in Queens, NY. Philly is a gentle soul who is greatly loved by…
Barge - A Personal Look into the Boating Industry in New Orleans
A towboat drifts down the Mississippi River, due for the port of New Orleans. The water, the banks, the bright lights of a port ahead, the lure of a coming paycheck and a home-cooked meal: This is the world of…
Mimi and Dona - An Aging Mother Cares for her Disabled Daughter
What happens when love runs out of time? For 92-year-old Mimi, who has spent much of her life caring for 64-year-old Dona, her daughter with an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable -- the likelihood that she will not…
The Marina Experiment - A Father's Voyeuristic Obsession with his Daughter
Marina's father communicated with her solely through cameras and audio recording devices, documenting the emotional violations she endured under his direction. After his death she cleared out storage and discovered over 10,000 photographs, super 8 films and reel-to-reel audiotape interrogations…
No Sanctuary: Big Business and Family Detention
The new documentary "No Sanctuary: Big Business and Family Detention" by filmmaker Matthew Gossage chronicles the return of immigrant family detention in the United States. The Texas-made film follows our government's response to refugee and migrant families: the creation and…
Dear Zachary - A Letter to a Son About His Father
Shortly after his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, was slain by jealous ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne was shocked to learn that Turner was pregnant with Bagby's unborn child. Hoping to create a film that would serve as…
Race, Ethnicity and Family
This lesson explores legitimate, empirical data that suggests that there are certain patterns of behavior that can be linked to specific racial or ethnic groups, including different degrees of emphasis on religion and multi-generational solidarity, while noting that the underlying…
Rachel Is - A Personal Story about Family and Developmental Disabilities
In her feature directorial debut, Charlotte Glynn moves home to chronicle her sister Rachel's last year in school. Rachel is developmentally disabled, and the resulting film, Rachel is, moves past the safety of political correctness and into the most intimate…
Prodigal Sons
Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including a surprise relationship to Orson Welles…
White Earth - An Oil Boom Through a Child's Eyes
James (13) lives in the remote, oil-boom town of White Earth, ND with his father. Unable to enroll in the local school, he spends his days wandering the town and playing video games while his father works long hours for…