Before Us, 81 mins, 2023
Writtend, Directed, Shot & Edited by: Hedia Maron
Produced by: Stephanie Markowitz
Composer: Joseph Shabason
Consulting Editor: Isabel Freeman
As a direct result of the “free love” era, 1970 was the peak year for adoption in the United States. Filmmaker Hedia Maron delves into her hippie mother's enigmatic past, unearthing a hidden family legacy.
At 19 years old, Linda Goldfine left her family's home one morning, went to her job at Filene’s Basement in downtown Boston, and then disappeared for the next three years. Forty years later, her daughter Hedia pushes her to reveal what happened during those lost years spent living on communes in California. Linda reveals a complex family history set against the backdrop of a time when notions of “free love” collided with virtually no reproductive rights for women.
Through present-day footage of California, family footage from the 1990s, and archival clips, Before Us shows us that you can run away from home but you can never truly escape your family.