San Francisco Documentary Festival 2023

Before Us + Q&A

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A filmmaker looking to get to the bottom of her mysterious mother’s hippie past uncovers an outrageous family history that changes everything. Before Us takes an unconventional approach to the adoption narrative, exploring the ramifications of the filmmaker’s mom’s secrets and placing them within the context of a 1960s counterculture that devalued women and children, an adoption industry that viewed illegitimate pregnancy as a pathology, and a society without easy access to birth control.

**Filmmakers and subjects in attendance for Q&A**

  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Hedia Maron
  • Producer
    Stephanie Markowitz
  • Composer
    Joseph Shabason