Episode 4 A New Kind of Family with “The Guys Next Door” with Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk

Anthropologist on the Street
Anthropologist on the Street
Episode 4 A New Kind of Family with "The Guys Next Door" with Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk

The Guys Next Door poster
(photo courtesy of A Squared Films)

The Guys Next Door, an award-winning feature-length documentary film features Erik and Sandro, whose friend Rachel offers to be a surrogate for their two children. Although filmmakers Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk are not anthropologists, their film sparks conversation about core anthropological issues of kinship, social networks and gift giving, gender roles and parenting.

Amy and Allie have created a touching portrait of family life that humanizes the lives of lesser seen same-sex parents. In this episode, they discuss how their film shares in the conversation of what family is, and how, while family structures may change, family life is often surprisingly unsurprising.

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For more information on the filmmakers:

A Squared Films: http://asquaredfilms.com/

Filmmaker Amy Geller
(photo courtesy of A Squared Films)

Filmmaker Allie Humenuk
(photo courtesy of A Squared Films)







More information on The Guys Next Door and the material discussed in this episode:

The film website: http://theguysnextdoorthemovie.com/

Amy and Allie discussing the film on Boston public radio: http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/05/30/guys-next-door

Boston Globe article on the cast behind the documentary: https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2016/06/12/giving-birth-multiple-families/81fA7Mx8wgon8JZuv49QbO/story.html


Organizations and other resources about family, LGBTQ issues, and surrogacy:

The Family Polaroid
(photo courtesy of A Squared Films)

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts: www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-massachusetts

COLAGE: A community of people with one or more LGBTQ+ parent: www.colage.org

Family Equality Council: http://www.familyequality.org/

Boston Pride: http://www.bostonpride.org/

*Featured image “Sandro, Erik, and their daughters” courtesy of A Squared Films

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