Naming Prairie: Stills

Naming Prairie, Digital Beta: 6:30 mins., 2001

A celebration of both tradition and change, Naming Prairie documents a joyous melding of new and old faces of American family. Friends and relatives join together to celebrate in a lesbian couple’s Jewish babynaming ceremony for their daughter, Prairie. In the meantime, they demonstrate how the most ancient of institutions — the family, Judaism — can adapt to accommodate contemporary life.

The video provides a loving and clear introduction to one of our society’s more difficult issues: how do race, religion and sexuality factor into the families we make?