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Joe Soll never met his birth parents. Raised by upper-middle class New Yorkers, he spent half of his life tormented by the death of his mother.

But then one day, that story suddenly began to unravel.

"I felt crazed," he said. "I didn't know what to do with it."

What followed was a three decade search for the truth and a mystery that would haunt him for years.

Through almost unbearable personal pain, Joe has devoted his life to a single question, where did I come from?

The quest for that answer has redefined him, setting Joe on a mission to help others.

Broken Lines is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.

Published: December 14, 2011


Photography and Video: Martine Fougeron, Richard Kendall, Frank de Ruiter
Interview: Simon Schorno
Producer: Eric Maierson, Jennifer Redfearn
Additional Video and Photography: Tucker Walsh, Jennifer Redfearn, Bruce Strong
Associate Producers: Tucker Walsh, Leandro Badalotti, Bruce Strong
Graphics: Tim Klimowicz
Executive Producer: Brian Storm

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