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Family & Society

Reality television, technology and a culture that revels in onscreen soul-baring have promoted a wave of independent personal-essay and memoir films. Ahead of this trend were POV films that match intimacy with dignity, including Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, Deborah Hoffman’s extraordinary, loving portrait of her relationship with her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother, and Silverlake Life, a chronicle of a gay couple’s slow death by AIDS. POV continues to present stories that put a human face on our society’s pressing social issues.

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Multimedia Timeline: Adoption in America

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Trace the recent history of adoption in America from the dramatic rise in international adoptions in the 1950s during the Korean War to the uptick in the adoption of Chinese girls after the institution of the One Child Policy in 1992 to present day.

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