What is it that ties us to the state where we currently live and adopt it as the one we're "from"? How does living in our states define us? States of America is a series of short documentaries--one from each of our 50 states--that ask these questions by featuring everyday people as diverse as the landscape in the places they call home.

As a young single mother of 3, Joyce moved from St. Vincent to the states after seeing a newspaper ad about housekeeping jobs there. Eventually she landed in Connecticut and began working with children, ultimately adopting 6 more of her own and becoming something of a matriarch in her New Haven neighborhood.

*States of America is created and produced by Brad Barber
*Connecticut is directed by Cambell Christensen & Brad Barber, shot by Cambell Christensen, edited by Cambell Christensen & Stephanie Cook, with music by Micah Dahl Anderson. Title design by Brian Turley and Mark T. Lewis.

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