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Family Name

  • Release Date: Aug 29, 1997
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Family & Personal Relationships, History, Race & Ethnicity, Social History
  • Director:Macky Alston


Documentary filmmaker Mack Alston grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where he noticed at a young age that a large number of people in town shared his last name; some were white (like himself) and some were black. At the age of 30, years after relocating to New York City, Alston returned to North Carolina, armed with a 16mm camera and hoping to discover if there was, in fact, a familial link between his branch of the family and any of the...more