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Family Secrets in Contemporary Memoirs

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Upper East Side, Manhattan
1395 Lexington Ave
At E 91st St
New York, New York 10128
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Lori Rotskoff

What you'll learn in this film studies class:

Family Secrets in Contemporary Memoirs and Documentary Films


This class explores contemporary memoirs and documentary films that revolve around family secrets or mysteries.

In some cases, the authors or people in the story discover new information about their family backgrounds that were obscured or hidden from them. In others, parents expect children not to reveal certain things about their families’ past or present circumstances. We will discuss questions such as: how much do we know about the circumstances of our birth and the parents who raised us? Why do some writers work to uncover long-hidden secrets and then reveal their stories in a book or film? What insights do they offer about shame, privacy and disclosure; the construction of personal identity; the complexity of parent-child relationships; and social belonging? Other themes include adoption, biomedical ethics, African-American social history, the legacy of the Holocaust, race, national identity, and religion.


Important Note: All films for this class will be viewed at home via video streaming services. You must have access to Amazon Prime to participate in this class.


Before the first-class session on Sep 24, please read Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance and view the film Three Identical Strangers directed by Tim Wardle.

Additional books to be discussed include The World According to Fannie Davis by Bridgett Davis, All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung and Belonging by Nora Krug. Additional films include Open Secret directed by Steve Lickteig, Little White Lie directed by Lacey Schwartz and Stories We Tell directed by Sarah Polley.

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