Women's Show - POV documentary LOVE & DIANE

04/10/04

P.O.V.'s "Love & Diane" Tells Haunting Story of Broken Homes, Mothers and Daughters in Urban America

Spring Special Airs Wednesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. on WEDU

Diane Hazzard was a loving mother, but like other young, inner city African Americans in the 1980s, she was swept up in the crack cocaine epidemic. Inevitably, her parenting suffered with her addiction, until her own daughter, Love, only eight years old, told a teacher that she and her five siblings were often left home alone and hungry. As revealed in "Love & Diane," a remarkable documentary feature having its national broadcast premiere on public television's P.O.V. series, Love's action set in motion the often unforgiving machinery of the child-welfare system. It also brought a legacy of abandonment, hurt and shame that haunts mother and daughter to this day-and which, most chillingly, threatens Love's relationship with her own baby boy, Donyaeh.

Mary talks with Jennifer Dworkin, producer/director of the film. She has worked with the Hazzard family portrayed in the film since 1989. Among many awards this film has won are the Locarno International Film Festival 2002 best film award and the Independent Spirit Awards 2003 IFC Truer Than Fiction Award.

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