Storyville

Film-maker Alan Berliner goes in search of people who share his name, gathering a dozen of them together for a same-name dinner party.

Despite some meditations on identity and talk of 'same name syndrome', he doesn't reach anything much resembling a conclusion, but his film is quite charming, sometimes poignant, sometimes a little winsome, always very personal.

Along the way, interestingly, he explodes a popular myth - that Ellis Island officials gave immigrants new names if they couldn't make sense of the original.

This, it now seems, never happened.

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