Brown Bread (english)


In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for their reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration. It started with a vision. The grandparents recall how in the 1970s they began to adopt. Scenes from the week-long reunion are intercut with images from their adult children''s daily lives. A professor at Stanford, a manual day laborer, an entrepreneur in debt, ...these portraits show radical differences in class and identity. Their ability to laugh and to love across boundaries of social and racial division made this family possible. But their differences still drive them apart. A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family.




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Bay Area-raised director turns lens on her family.

Documentary filmmaker Sarah Gross turns the camera on her own biracial Bay Area family in “Brown Bread,” which screens Sunday at the Roxie in San Francisco. […] “Brown Bread’ is about family and race and identity and how, in a way, all families are dysfunctional.”

SF Chronicle

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Brown Bread is a film about family, about ethnic identity, and about how we define ourselves regardless of geographic locations or last names.  Sarah uses the medium of film to challenge what cultures think of as normal family structure…

National Public Radio NPR

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Brown Bread is a film about family, about ethnic identity, and how we define ourselves regardless of geographical locations or last name.

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Brown Bread invites viewers to reflect on integration and adoption today, and the meaning of family. Experience has shown that discussions after the film are lively and thought-provoking. Organize or attend a screening, enjoy the film, and join the discussion.

How to see the film with your organization

Kino Lorber Educational Distribution will bring Brown Bread to your local group or institution. Create a community-building event around a Brown Bread screening with panel discussion, potluck, or other group activities. The pricing of film rentals varies according to screening format and venue. For more information please contact us at link below.

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Community and Group Screenings

How to see the film in your local theatre

Gathr Theatrical On Demand will bring Brown Bread to a theatre near you. Individuals can ask for a screening and Gathr will coordinate with your movie theatre of choice. Movie captains who initiate the event get to see the film for free, all others pay normal ticket price once the screening has been confirmed.
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Brown Bread recipe

1 pkt of dry yeast
½ cup of sugar
I Tablesp. Salt
Dissolve above in 3 cups warm water
Add molasses to taste ( about 3 Tablesp.)
Stir in, mixing well:
4 cups  flour
4 cups white flour
Leave to rise til doubled in bulk
Divide into two well greased bread pans
Leave to rise in pans until brimming pan
Bake at 350 F. for 50­- 60 minutes.
Remove from pans let cool on rack.