“Family of Us: A PBS American Portrait Story,” a half-hour documentary produced from PBS’ crowdsourced storytelling project “PBS American Portrait,” will premiere Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS.
“Family of Us” captures a moving and meaningful picture of families in America today and the way these relationships shape individuals. Surrounded by a chorus of voices from user-generated submissions from across the country, the program provides a personal look at two very different main stories that reveal how people value relatives now more than ever.
First is Lumiere R., a recent film school graduate, who moved to Griffin, Ga., to help care for their grandparents and document their stories, as their grandfather’s dementia threatens to erase much of the family’s collective memory. Second is Amelia G., whose father was released from prison in February after serving 10 years for a crime he did not commit. After months of delays due to the pandemic, Amelia is finally able to fly from New York City to San Francisco for the long-awaited reunion with her father.
The program will blend collages of user-generated content from around the country with deeper dives into a few main stories, where participants film and narrate their own lives.
The special is produced by PBS and RadicalMedia. “Family of Us” will begin streaming Sunday on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App.
Arkansas PBS LearningMedia (myarkansaspbs.pbslearningmedia.org) will also provide teachers and students with educational materials focused on media and storytelling by pulling conceptualized clips from each episode of “PBS American Portrait.”
Launched on Jan. 10, “PBS American Portrait,” a national storytelling project aligned with PBS’ 50th anniversary celebration, is the organization’s most ambitious multiplatform project in its history.
Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock).
For more information, visit myarkansaspbs.org/americanportrait. Viewers may join and follow the conversation at #AmericanPortraitPBS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.