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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. 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." DVD Features: Filmmaker Interview; FAMILY NAME Featurette; Filmmaker Biography.

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    Title: Family Name
    Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
    Starring: Macky Alston, George Degraffenreid, Fred Alston, Charlotte Blake Alston, Charles Alston, Wallace Mcpherson Alston
    Director: Macky Alston
    Release Date: 9/23/2008
    Original Year: 1997
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 116780
    UPC: 767685116784
    Item #: NVG006780

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 9/23/2008
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 89 minutes
    Studio: New Video Group