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LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton


A story of kindness
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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I remember meeting up with a woman in the advertising business- I hadn't seen her for, for several years- and as we were about to have lunch- we were travelling in the taxi in our way to the restaurant- I remember her telling me that she had a two-and-a-half year old child and, and I thought- goodness, I've forgotten what her husband did. I said- what does your husband do. She says- oh, I don't have a husband, but I'll tell you more when we get to the restaurant. So we got to the restaurant and she said- you know, I, I was getting into that age where I wasn't about to have any children and I wasn't about to really get married that soon. And so one day I expressed, she said- my anxiety to my best friend- this young woman from- visiting her from the far west- and suddenly this woman, this friend of hers, her eyes kind of lit up and she said, she said- what about my husband? And so I said- well, how did you do it? And she says- oh, the old fashioned way. And it was the most beautiful story of the most beautiful gift that somebody can give somebody. And that too has, among other things, has, has led a desire on my own part to, to film people doing good things for one another.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Sara Maysles Rebekah Maysles Tamara Tracz

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: children, kindness, film

Duration: 1 minute, 57 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010