IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS Cinema's Legacy

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Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Marco Williams moderated by AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson.

About a third of the way through Marco Williams’ deeply moving 1992 personal documentary about his search for the father who was never a part of his life, a relative tells him, “Our family is notorious for lying.” Marco replies: “That’s what I’m discovering.” Over several years, as Marco attempts to connect with his father, he travels back-and-forth between Boston, Harlem, Philadelphia and Paris, probing his extended family for answers. What emerges is a family full of secrets. Finally, after multiple attempts to pin down his mother, who left the U.S. to make a life for herself in Paris, the secrets begin to unravel and a deeper truth reveals itself: Marco’s search for his father may be more about coming to grips with the mother he loves than the father he never knew. –Ken Jacobson

An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Marco Williams’ credits include: TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (2017); THE BLACK FIVES (2014); THE UNDOCUMENTED (2013); MLK BOULEVARD: THE CONCRETE DREAM (2003); TWO TOWNS OF JASPER (2002); MAKING PEACE: REBUILDING OUR COMMUNITIES (1995); THE SPIRITUAL DEFICIT AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (1994); WITHOUT A PASS (1992); and IN SEARCH OF OUR FATHERS (1991).

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Details

Country: USA

Year: 1992

Director: Marco Williams

Screenwriter: Marco Williams

Producers: Marco Williams, Michael Rubbo

Executive Producers: Frederick Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos

Directors of Photography: Marco Williams, Nick Doob, Jean-Paul Mioto, Phil Abraham

Editor: Lisa Leeman

Music: Billy Childs

Featuring: James Berry, Mitsie King, Finley Marcus, Ruthann Marcus, Sally Marcus

Running Time (minutes): 70

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available

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