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Filmmaker Interviews

Macky Alston (1998)

Family Name, the 1997 Sundance Freedom of Expression Award-winning film, follows filmmaker Macky Alston from New York to the South, as he unearths the history of his white slave-owning family, and explores the link to the black families that share his name. In this interview, Alston explains why talking with members of those families — whose ancestors were slaves owned by past generations of his family — was so important to him.