Tough Love

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Offering a rare look at the inner workings of the American child welfare system, Tough Love chronicles the lives of two parents — one in Seattle and one in New York City — as each fights to be reunited with their children. Through intimate, verité footage of both families, we witness first-hand the complexities of the system and come to understand the powerful role poverty and prejudice play in keeping families apart — and the obstacles parents must overcome.


Stephanie Wang-Breal is the Director and Producer of the Emmy®-nominated documentary, Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). The film was awarded three Grand Jury Best Documentary Awards at the AFI/ Discovery Silverdocs Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, as well as a 2011 CINE Special Jury Award. The film was broadcast nationally on P.O.V. in 2010. Stephanie also directs commercials and stories for various media outlets, including Radical Media and MTV.


Tough Love premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014 and went on to show at IFF Boston and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. It is slated for a national broadcast on P.O.V. in 2015.