Why Can't We Be a Family Again?

A bond develops between two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother, a woman waging an agonizing battle with crack addiction.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
January 27, 2004
Length
30 minutes
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    2002 WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival-Bronze Remi Award
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    2002 Academy Awards-Best Documentary Short
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    2002 CINE/Eastman Kodak Funding Panel-Golden Eagle
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    2002 IMAGE: Atlanta Film & Video Festival-Best Documentary Short
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    2002 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival-1st Place in Documentary Category
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    2002 The Film Council of Greater Columbus-The Chris Award
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    2002 Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market-Leigh Whipper Gold Award Winner, 1st Place in Documentary Category
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    2003 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee-Best Short Documentary
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    2003 RiverRun Int’l Film Festival-Best Documentary Short
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    2003 Council On Foundations-Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media
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    2003 Santa Cruz Film Festival-Director's Honorable Mention
  • Weisberg roger filmmaker bio
    Producer

    Roger Weisberg

    Nossel murray filmmaker bio
    Producer

    Murray Nossel

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    The Film

    Raised by their grandmother, young Raymond and Danny continue to hold out hope for their mother's recovery from drug addiction — even after she's given up hope herself. This Academy Award–nominated cinema verité portrait explores the strength and love that bring together two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother.

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