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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- Macky Alston
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; filmmaker interview; featurette; filmmaker biography.
Common Sense Note
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it