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Family Name

1997 Rated NR 1hr 29m

White filmmaker Macky Alston wonders why all the other Alstons in his Durham, N.C., elementary school were black. Embarking on a genealogical journey through Alabama and North Carolina, Alston finds a surprising emotional tale behind his family name. Alston's stirring exploration of race and identity -- which critic Roger Ebert calls a "fascinating detective story" -- won the Freedom of Expression Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

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Movie Details

Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Other features

Color; interactive menus; scene access; filmmaker interview; featurette; filmmaker biography.