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An American Love Story

An American Love Story features the Wilson-Sims family and follows them for a year and a half, chronicling their lives as a biracial couple.

Director/Producer: Jennifer Fox
Production Company
Zohe Films
Release Date
September 12, 1999

An American Love Story is the story of Bill Sims and Karen Wilson -- a black man and white woman who have struggled for 30 years against the racial stereotypes and societal prejudices that have tried -- sometimes viciously -- to divide them. Culled from more than 1,000 hours of original footage, the series chronicles a year-and-a-half in the life of the Wilson-Sims family, offering a joyful testament to the everyday lives of this couple as they work, cope with illness, juggle finances, and raise their bi-racial daughters -- Cicily, a 20-year-old senior at Colgate University, and Chaney, a 12-year-old seventh grader on the brink of adolescence. The series ran from Sunday, September 12, 1999 through Thursday, September 16 on PBS stations nationwide.

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