All his life, award-winning filmmaker Macky Alston has believed in a merciful and benevolent God. The untimely death of a close friend and fellow seminary student challenges Alston's deepest convictions. In an effort to resolve this quandary, QUESTIONING FAITH sets out on a journey of probing self-discovery. Alston sets up a network of interviews with a wildly diverse group of people in New York, to answer the pressing question: How does one believe in God in the face of so much human suffering? At stake here is not only whether or not Alston can maintain his faith, but also how human beings navigate their way through the darkest hours of seemingly senseless loss.
A deeply moving and uplifting film, QUESTIONING FAITH reveals an underlying principle common to us all: the power of presence, as life calls us to be there for each other.
A family longing for a child has finally had a son. Shortly after the boy is born the husband learns he is not the father. He wants to leave the family but stays out of pity to his fragile wife and a helpless child.
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Interview with Macky Alston, the Director of Love Free or Die which will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Also, some small bits of the film are shown.
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The sixteen years old boy is traveling to St. Petersburg to spend vacation with his father. In arrival he is learning the painful truth about his birth and his biological father. Based on Dina Rubina’s novels.
What does a name signify, exactly? Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, white filmmaker Macky Alston never questioned why all of the other Alstons at his elementary school were black. Twenty-five years later, Alston decides to unravel this perplexity in the award-winning documentary Family Name. Alston's quest to solve his genealogical mystery takes him from New York to Alabama and then back to North Carolina. He seeks clues at family reunions, graveyards, church services, and, eventually, the original Alston plantations. The people he meets vary markedly in race, age, class and perspective, but they all have two things in common: the family name and a compelling story to tell. The biggest question of this investigation, perhaps, is whether it will provide the Alstons with catharsis or create an even greater sense of division. As the revelations mount, Family Name unfolds an unforgettable emotional journey that transforms our conceptions of the past. Recipient of the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and myriad other accolades, Family Name is not only a provocative meditation on race in America, but also a poignant portrait of what it is that constitutes 'family.'
Recipient of the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and myriad other accolades, FAMILY NAME is not only a provocative meditation on race in America, but also a poignant portrait of what it is that constitutes "family."
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