Beyond "The One"/ More Than "The One"

Graduation Date

Fall 12-14-2018

Grading Professor

Linda Prout

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Beyond "The One" is a short documentary film exploring American ideals of love and partnership by following individuals who dare to live outside societally-accepted romantic norms. The film follows two women, Sophie and Sharon, as they practice polyamory and, in so doing, challenge the dyad-obsessed status quo.

Polyamory, the practice of, or the desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, is on the rise. According to a 2016 poll, 48% of men and 31% of women were interested in trying out consensual non-monogamy (CNM); and, around 20% of Americans have at least tried some form of non-monogamy. Despite this apparent growth of interest in the practice, polyamory is still very much stigmatized.

Beyond "The One" addresses this stigma not only with intimate portraits of two polyamorous people, but also by delving in to the history that led to today's standards around love. The film discusses the false concept of finding “the one,” the experiences that led each character to choose polyamory, and the misconceptions surrounding a polyamorous lifestyle.

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