Why Can't We Be A Family Again?

Shot over a three year period, this emotionally wrenching story reveals the bond that develops between two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother. Despite the neglect and disappointment they suffer, these extraordinary boys never give up hope that they will some day live with their mother and be a family again. This powerful new film chronicles the mother's agonizing battle with crack addiction and the grandmother's struggle to keep the family together.

Strengthened by the love of their grandmother and a unique family support organization called the Center for Family Life, fourteen year old Danny and eleven year old Raymond cope with the pain of their mother's repeated attempts to overcome addiction and regain their custody. In one particularly poignant scene Danny reveals how his mother left the boys to fend for themselves when they were ages two and five. After the food ran out, the boys made a harrowing journey on foot and bus to their grandmother's house.

When the Family Court threatens to terminate the mother's parental rights after still another failed attempt at rehabilitation, the boys impress the judge with their deep desire to keep the family intact. This powerful portrayal of a family torn apart by addiction will resonate with social workers, counselors, family therapists, and those training in the helping professions.

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Academy Award Nomination 2003
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2002
Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival, 2002
Best Documentary Short, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, 2002
Bronze Remi Award, Worldfest Houston Film Festival, 2002
Doubletake Documentary Film Festival, 2002
Cleveland International Film Festival, 2002
Doctober International Documentary Film Festival, 2002
Philadelphia International Film Festival, 2002
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2002
Wine Country Film Festival, 2002
First Place, Documentary, Philadelphia International Film Festival, 2002


"Highly recommended...should strengthen the resolve of concerned citizens and social workers to support troubled families, if for nothing more than to celebrate the beauty of the human spirit." Ramona Islam, Fairfield University for EMRO

"Very moving, this award-winning production is highly recommended for high school libraries and academic and public library sociology collections." Library Journal


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