By Law, By Love

By Law, By Love : a Documentary about Race, Family and Identity

What is identity? Who gets to decide? What makes family? Access to genetic testing adds a new layer to these complicated questions. A Biracial adoptee discusses his challenging journey of self-discovery, and how a DNA kit revealed missing pieces of his past while connecting him to birth family.

  • Angel Hogan
  • Angel Hogan
  • Alexes Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Shameka S.L. Sawyer
    Camera, Sound & Editing
  • 5 Shorts Project
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 16, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Angel Hogan

Angel Hogan has performed as part of the Black Women’s Arts Festival, Literary Death Match, Moonstone Presents, First Person Arts and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Angel worked with ArtWell, was a Contributing Editor to Philadelphia Stories, and a review panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. As a teaching artist, Angel is most interested in initiatives that use storytelling as a vehicle for tolerance, peace, and community building. Her first film, By Law, By Love, was completed in March of 2019.
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Director Statement

As a first time filmmaker, I've chosen to illuminate a subject very near and dear to me: adoption and identity.