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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.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Marco Williams
  • Screenwriter
    Marco Williams
  • Producer
    Marco Williams, Michael Rubbo
  • Executive Producer
    Frederick Zollo, Nicholas Paleologos
  • Cast
    James Berry, Mitsie King, Finley Marcus, Ruthann Marcus, Sally Marcus
  • Cinematographer
    Marco Williams, Nick Doob, Jean-Paul Mioto, Phil Abraham
  • Editor
    Lisa Leeman
  • Music
    Billy Childs