Nuclear Family

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Nuclear Family is a three-part documentary series following filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family. In the late 70s/early 80s, when the concept of a gay family was inconceivable to most, Ry... read more
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Nuclear Family is a three-part documentary series following filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family. In the late 70s/early 80s, when the concept of a gay family was inconceivable to most, Ry and her sister Cade were born to two lesbian mothers through sperm donors. Ry’s idyllic childhood was threatened by an unexpected lawsuit which sent shockwaves through her family’s lives and continues to reverberate today. The docuseries explores the extraordinary story of a first-generation lesbian family, from its origins in outlaw counterculture, to the mainstream court system’s attack on and ultimate defense of Ry’s and her moms’ rights and existence, ending in a landmark legal decision that would change the way gay families were perceived forever. At its heart, this story of epochal conflict is also a tale about empathy, as Ry investigates the ambitions and desires of her moms, her sperm donor, and all their allies and enemies as she struggles to hear and accept their divergent perspectives. In a world of deeply polarized thinking, the docuseries proposes a way of understanding conflict that resonates with anyone who struggles with issues unresolved within their own families, their own lives, and in our broader world.

Original Release

09/26/2021 on HBO

US Release

09/26/2021

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Cast

# Title Air Date
1 Episode One Sunday, 26 September 2021
2 Episode Two Sunday, 03 October 2021
3 Episode #1.3 Sunday, 10 October 2021

Directors

Ry Russo-Young

Cast

Producers

Liz Garbus Executive Producer
Peter Saraf Executive Producer
Marc Turtletaub Executive Producer
Geralyn White Dreyfous Executive Producer
Leah Holzer Executive Producer
Jenny Raskin Executive Producer
Alex Turtletaub Executive Producer
Christine Connor Executive Producer
Ryan Heller Executive Producer
Lauren Haber Executive Producer
Jon Bardin Executive Producer
Julie Gaither Executive Producer
Barbara Dobkin Executive Producer
Andrea van Beuren Executive Producer
Joe Landauer Executive Producer
Eric Dobkin Executive Producer
Maria Zuckerman Executive Producer
Dan Cogan Producer
Ry Russo-Young Producer
Ricky Lloyd George Producer
Warren Fischer Producer
Elizabeth Pepin Producer
Elyse Hughes Producer

Editors

Ben Gold, Pisie Hochheim

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