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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.
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Macky Alston did an incredible amount of research in order to produce this fascinating story of the Alston families of North Carolina. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janell Nickols
I've always wanted to know more about my family. This documentary was masterfully made and elegant in its realism. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Jordan Alston
As a family history rereacher, I really can relate to the DVD, Family Name. I personally have been researching the surnames
of my family wondering if anyyone with the same... Read more