CreatorPBS ; a film by Kunhardt McGee Productions and Inkwell Films in association with Ark Media ; written by Henry Louis Gates Jr. ; senior producers, Barak Goodman and Sue Williams ; executive producers, Henry Louis Gates Jr., William R. Grant, Peter Kunhardt, Dyllan McGee ; a production of Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG
[New York, NY] : Thirteen/WNET, 2010. [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution.
1 videodisc (approximately 240 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Host, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; guests, Stephen Colbert, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mike Nichols, Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Alexander, Mario Batali, Yo-Yo Ma, Dr. Mehmet Oz, H.M. Queen Noor, Louise Erdrich, Malcolm Gladwell, Meryl Streep; voice overs, Christopher Cook, Hugh Morgan
Editor, Ed Barteski , Joanna Kiernan , Merril Stern , George O'Donnell  ; original score by Michael Bacon ; genealogical researchers, Johni Cerny, Megan Smolenyak ; directors of photography, Sam Shinn, Stephen McCarthy ; graphic design and animation, Brian Oakes ; translation, Anja Mohn, Connor Kammerer
Faces of America introduces a wide range of cultural figures--representing a vast range of cultural and ethnic roots--to their ancestors and their stories, from the old country through the journey to America. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family trees of authors, actors, musicians, athletes, educators, intellectuals and discovers stories and figures that had been forgotten or lost through the generations. Through original documents and photos, the program explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with new immigrants in the 20th century. Along the way, Gates offers up a rich pageant of immigrant stories and reminds viewers that, if you trace the lineage of almost any American family back far enough, you will find an immigrant story.
Episode 1. Our American stories -- Introduction -- The family tree -- 3 generations to make a musician -- Identity through color -- Immigration and fate -- American loyalty -- Credits / director/producer, John Maggio (55 min.) -- Episode 2. Becoming American-- Introduction -- Roots across continents -- A better life in America -- Segregation and discrimination -- The question of race -- Citizenship -- Credits / director/producer, Leslie Asako Gladsjo (55 min.) -- Episode 3. Making America -- Introduction -- Stories from the past -- Tragic interactions -- Home in a new place -- Roots in Pennsylvania -- The beginning of the melting pot -- Credits / director/producer, Sue Williams (55 min.) -- Episode 4. Know thyself -- Introduction -- The deepest of roots -- The importance of ancestors -- Admixture & pie charts -- We are family -- Contemplating your own history -- Credits / director/producer, Stephen Ives and Amanda Pollak (55 min.)
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