Legacy | 1998

Documentary
For four generations the Collins family was trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the most dangerous public housing projects in America--Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. However, the family ...more
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Company

Ford Foundations

Production Company

Georgia Public Television

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John D & Catherine T MacArthur Foundation

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Production Company

WTVS

Production Company

Synopsis

For four generations the Collins family was trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the most dangerous public housing projects in America--Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. However, the family manages to get by, resolved to break the cycle of poverty. Filmmaker Tod Lending had heard about a special family member, Terrell Collins, a straight-A student and neighborhood leader. Terrell sounded perfect for the series he produced for PBS, "No Time to Be a Child"... Lending had just finished an interview with Terrell's grandmother and was waiting to interview Terrell when the news came: someone had gunned down the 14-year-old on his way home from school. Through the powerful and dignified voices of three generations Collins women, "Legacy" follows the inspiring story of how members of one African-American family, over a five year period, recovered from the loss of a child, broke free of welfare, overcame addiction and escaped the specter of violence in their community.

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