The Story of Mothers & Daughters

The Story of Mothers & Daughters
Type TV Special
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr
Genres Documentary, Interview
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
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A diverse group of girls and women explore the complex mother/daughter relationship through interviews highlighting their experiences.