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Through Our Eyes

Short documentaries reveal the strength and perseverance of kids experiencing parental incarceration, climate displacement, the wounds of war, and homelessness.

Real Families. Real Stories. Real People.

From the producers of Sesame Street, Through Our Eyes was designed as a co-viewing experience for adults and kids ages 8 and up. Each stand-alone 30 minute film is directed by an award winning filmmaker.

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Episode Guide

An inspiring journey into the lives of American families, from the perspective of children themselves, as they and their families navigate formidable yet all-too-common challenges.

Episode 1: APART

A young boy sits on the grass in a soccer field. He looks off into the distance.

Parental Incarceration

America has the world’s largest prison population, and 1 in 14 children in the country will experience the incarceration of a parent. The first episode, Apart, follows Lyric, Eric, and Nnadji as they contend with the incarceration of parents with whom they maintain a deep connection despite physical distance.

Directed by: Geeta Gandbhir and Rudy Valdez

Apart Resources

The incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming for children. Perceived stigma can lead to silence—but open and honest conversations can answer kids’ big questions, help them understand that they are not alone, and promote healing. These organizations can offer a place to start.


1 in 14 American children will experience parental incarceration, and 2.7 million children have a parent in prison right now.

Source: Across Prison Walls, I Felt My Parents’ Love, Chesa Boudin
Source: American Psychological Association

Episode 2: UPROOTED

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Climate Displacement

Since 2016, millions of people in the United States have been displaced by weather-related disasters that are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity due to climate change. In Uprooted, two families with young children grapple with climate-related crises.
Directed by: Talleah Bridges McMahon

Uprooted Resources

Climate change is often a tough topic to discuss with children in a way that is both honest and reassuring. For families experiencing displacement due to climate change, helping children navigate the issue and their own feelings can be especially challenging. These organizations can offer a place to start.


A “climate displacement” occurs each time someone is forced from their home due to a climate-related disaster. Since 2016, there have been more than 6.5 million climate displacements in the United States.

Source: The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) data for the United States.

Episode 3: HOMEFRONT

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Military Caregiving

In the US, more than three million children live in homes with servicemembers and veterans who rely on caregiver support. Gabby, Terry, and Luther all have parents who were injured while serving, and each family has found a way to heal the wounds of war.
Directed by: Kristi Jacobson

Homefront Resources

When a veteran requires caregiving at home, the whole family often takes on support roles—including children. Little is understood about the impact of caregiving within military families, but there is a growing understanding that better support systems are needed. These organizations can offer a place to start.


In the US, there are 1.9 million service members and veterans relying on caregiver support. 3.4 million children live in the homes of these caregivers.

Source: “Military Caregivers: Who are they? And who is supporting them?” RAND Corporation. 2014.

Episode 4: SHELTER

A young girl with red hair smiles and looks up and in the distance.


The homelessness crisis can feel distant until seen through a child’s eyes. Shelter follows 3 unhoused children and their parents in L.A. as they seek steady shelter. Skylar’s family lives day to day: in the car, the woods, or the rare respite of a motel room.
Directed by: Smriti Mundhra

Shelter Resources

Losing one’s home brings enormous challenges, yet families can build a sense of hope and learn ways to cope. These organizations can offer a place to start.


At least 1 in 6 homeless people in the US are children.

Sources: Children’s Defense Fund: The Affordable Housing Crisis Leaves Children Vulnerable and March 2021 United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Committee

Over 100,000 children in America don’t know where they’ll be sleeping tonight.

Sources: Children’s Defense Fund: The State of America’s Children 2020 and The 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress.

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Featured News
New Documentary Series “Through Our Eyes” Launching Thursday, July 22 on HBO Max

Five award-winning and -nominated filmmakers delve into children’s perspectives on some of today’s most challenging issues – homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving, and climate displacement.