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Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity
April 12, 2014  
Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity

Four people observe and narrate the story of one another’s families, revealing the unique social bonds they have formed by choice, by birth, and by circumstance.

An extended refugee family from Somalia, an interracial same-sex couple, a single mother in a housing cooperative, and a mother of six who has fostered nearly 50 children in her lifetime. None of these families have ever met each other before, but at the invitation of a mutual friend and videomaker, that will soon change. To explore how his friends and neighbors are defining family for themselves today, Craig Saddlemire requested that four different households in his community allow him to document their routines and challenges. In addition to sharing their personal stories, members from each family volunteered to research and narrate the story of a different family in the project. Through food, finances, and sibling disputes, Household presents an ever-shifting perspective on the enduring bonds of kinship. It reveals what it means to be a family member by choice, by birth, and by circumstance.

Household: Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity was produced by Craig Saddlemire of Roundpoint Movies.

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