Directed by Joyce Chopra
Happy Mother’s Day
Directed by Joyce Chopra and Richard Leacock • 1963 • United States
September 23, 1963, was a happy mother’s day for Mary Ann Fischer when she gave birth to quintuplets in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Only the third such delivery, five babies all at once, medical history in America’s heartland—what better ingredients for a great story? Filmmakers Richard Leacock and Joyce Chopra head to Aberdeen to document, with vérité immediacy, the impact of the birth on a small town and on a newly expanded family thrust, whether they like it or not, into the media spotlight.
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Joyce at 34
Directed by Joyce Chopra and Claudia Weill • 1972 • United States
Starring Joyce Chopra
In feminist filmmaker Joyce Chopra’s JOYCE AT 34 (codirected with Claudia Weill, who would later direct the great unsung GIRLFRIENDS), Chopra examines the demands of juggling a baby and a professional career.
Clorae and Albie
Made by Joyce Chopra in 1976 for the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts, as part of the program The Role of Women in American Society, CLORAE AND ALBIE focuses on two young Black women who have been best friends since childhood but whose lives are taking different paths.
Girls at 12
Made by Joyce Chopra in 1975 for the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts, as part of the program The Role of Women in American Society, GIRLS AT 12 looks at the lives of three girls growing up near Boston in order to show the complexities of becoming a teenager in the midseventi...