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      American Experience: RFK

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      American Experience: RFK

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      An emotionally wrenching portrayal of a family reunion that doesn't turn out as expected.

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      Ted Fry Seattle Times Stands as a powerful record of a truly historic event in the annals of rap. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 10, 2004 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel This doesn't stand with the great hip-hop documentaries. Rated: 3/5 Dec 3, 2004 Full Review John Monaghan Detroit Free Press A concert film that captures last year's Garden party along with well-orchestrated, if not especially revealing, behind-the-scenes footage. Rated: 3/4 Nov 12, 2004 Full Review Matthew Turner ViewLondon Rated: 2/5 Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Josh Ralske All Movie Guide A moving and troubling documentary. Rated: 6/10 Oct 26, 2007 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Tanto material y la gran oportunidad que tuvieron para hacer algo grandioso con esta "red-neck" y su biológica madre de Vietnam pero no fueron capaces. Que lastima porque la historia daba para hacer algo supremo y era solo cuestión de armarlo bien pero se les quedo en una estupidez donde salen como mal los vietnamitas a la final. Por cultura general pero nada mas. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Tanto material y la gran oportunidad que tuvieron para hacer algo grandioso con esta "red-neck" y su biológica madre de Vietnam pero no fueron capaces. Que lastima porque la historia daba para hacer algo supremo y era solo cuestión de armarlo bien pero se les quedo en una estupidez donde salen como mal los vietnamitas a la final. Por cultura general pero nada mas. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member An Amer-Asian woman travels to Vietnam to meet her long-lost mother. Aside from a few forays into a discussion of cultural and racial differences -- the Vietnamese family's request for money and the Tennessee family's racism -- there is no discernible difference between this documentary and an episode of Maury Povich. It has all the melodrama of daytime talk with very little of the thematic sophistication one might expect from film, especially a film that won at Sundance. Also, I found all the characters unlikable. Heidi lacked any characteristic aside from a plastic smile, and the family was all jubilation. And when the Vietnamese family "turned on" Heidi, I failed to sympathize with either party. Overall, Maury is the same but shorter, so watch it instead; just make sure you don't get a paternity episode instead of a reunion episode. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A true journey into the lives and perspectives of two different points of view. This is the perfect case studies of how upbringing, not blood, is what makes us who we are. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member You think this documentary might be taking you some place predictable, and it ends up being so much more...disturbing. And complicated. A fantastic PBS-style shitshow. 4/5. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Provocative movie. Did the filmmakers send Heidi into the situation in order to exploit her ignorance? I think it's more Heidi's fault. If she did so much research into finding her mother, she should have done just as much research into discovering her culture. It's just a tragic story all around. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      David Grubin