The Family I Had
What begins as a seemingly isolated incident of a 13-year-old boy's shocking murder of his 4-year-old sister slowly dissolves into an illuminating study of a family fraught with mental illness, intra-family violence, addiction, love and fear. In the aftermath of losing both of her children, Charity’s ability to love and forgive her son is profoundly tested as she redefines her role in the world. We follow her as she retraces her family’s past and navigates an uncertain future. Through this family we gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of forgiveness.
THE FAMILY I HAD premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 and went on to screen at film festivals across the US, Europe, Israel and Australia. It also won a Gracie Award in 2018 for ‘Best Documentary’.
Directed and Produced: Katie Green & Carlye Rubin
Edited and Produced: Tina Grapenthin
Executive Produced: Anna Godas, Julie Goldman, Carolyn Hepburn, Chris Clements, Marc Abrams
Associate Produced: Mishy Balaban, Patty Casby, Ilona Ontell & Debbie Wilpon
Music: T. Griffin
‘The Family I Had documents the transferrable perversities inherent in familial life, offering evidence to both sides of the debate of nature versus nurture, while exploring the awesome durability of love, which can become its own kind of prison’- Slant Magazine
"One of the best documentaries in the(Tribeca Film) festival" -The Village Voice