Friday, June 21, 2013

A MUST SEE MOVIE FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS

     When I was a young assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, I was intrigued by and amazed at the different stories told by eyewitnesses to the same crime. Each person who witnessed a crime saw the event from a different angle and perspective. The eyewitnesses' own backgrounds and emotions and prejudices colored their perceptions, and especially, their recollections. Where did the truth reside?
    These questions and more are addressed in director Sarah Polley's exquisite documentary Stories We Tell. What are our family stories? How are family secrets kept secret? Where is the truth in our stories? Whose version is the true version? Is there a true version? Who "owns" the story? Who "owns" the right to tell the story or to keep it hidden?
     I want to write pages and pages about the questions raised by Stories We Tell. But this movie is so full of surprises that I would certainly trip up and include a spoiler or two. So, watch the trailer:
    If the movie is not playing in a theatre near you, consider buying or renting the DVD version,  scheduled to be released in September.