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REEL SOUTH

The people, culture, landscape and history of the South both captivate and bewilder. In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, Reel South reveals the South's proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Mothertown

11m 29s

The site of the original settlement of the Cherokee, the Kituwah mound, was thought lost for centuries. In her moving retelling of the efforts to reclaim the tribe’s land, former Chief Joyce Dugan and fellow tribe members foreground the spiritual, emotional, and social impact of Kituwah’s legacy. This is the story of how the Cherokee finally took their “land back.”

Episodes

  • Mothertown: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mothertown

    S9 E906 - 11m 29s

    The site of the original settlement of the Cherokee, the Kituwah mound, was thought lost for centuries. In her moving retelling of the efforts to reclaim the tribe’s land, former Chief Joyce Dugan and fellow tribe members foreground the spiritual, emotional, and social impact of Kituwah’s legacy. This is the story of how the Cherokee finally took their “land back.”

  • Boca Chica: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Boca Chica

    S9 E906 - 13m 53s

    Unrestricted access to beaches is a public right in Texas. But for the little known, magical, and untamed stretch of beach called Boca Chica, that right is curtailed when SpaceX takes flight. Boca Chica uncovers the mesmerizing beauty of this fragile coastline and the fight for free access for its longtime visitors whose memories and spirituality are rooted deep among the sandy shorelines.

  • Black Ag: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Black Ag

    S9 E906 - 8m 54s

    A Black scientist brings together local Black farmers to combat the effects of climate change and create opportunities in Black agriculture for new generations in the Arkansas delta.

  • Echoes of the Rio: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Echoes of the Rio

    S9 E906 - 8m 6s

    One El Paso filmmaker calls on her Indigenous and Mexican ancestors to explore the cyclical starvation of the Rio Grande river and the human and inhumane factors contributing to the disappearance of its culture and bounty.

  • Cash Crop: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cash Crop

    S9 E906 - 10m 43s

    In Southern Virginia, Black farmers like Cecil Shell balance their interests in honoring their tradition of tobacco farming against the onset of solar energy farms exploding across the region. Through Cecil, the film explores one rural county’s shifting economic interests and his own efforts to steward the community, including Black landowners, through changing times.

  • For the Record: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    For the Record

    S9 E905 - 36m 14s

    In a small Texas Panhandle town, a few things have remained constant– cowboys, high school football, conservative voters, and the family-owned weekly newspaper, The Canadian Record. Publisher and editor Laurie Ezzell Brown strives to keep the town’s paper of record and her family’s legacy alive despite an oil bust, a global pandemic, and a growing mistrust for all media and her own liberal column.

  • The Only Doctor: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Only Doctor

    S9 E904 - 54m 55s

    There is only one doctor in rural Clay County, Georgia, one of the state’s poorest and unhealthiest counties. After several years of working without pay, she can no longer volunteer full-time and faces the possibility of closing her clinic. Committed to her community, she seeks to continue serving her patients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, dwindling support, and broken promises.

  • Fallout: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fallout

    S9 E903 - 17m 46s

    Three community members in a rural Appalachian town experience illness after exposure to contamination from a nearby US Army Ammunition Plant. Due to the open burning of waste, the facility is considered the largest polluter in Virginia, releasing millions of pounds of toxic pollutants into the air, soil, and water each year. The film incorporates contaminants from the facility into 16mm film.

  • In Exile: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Exile

    S9 E903 - 11m 24s

    In Springdale, Arkansas, migrants from the Marshall Islands gather to commemorate the 1946 bombing of Bikini Atoll and ask the questions: Why did the United States choose their islands and what are the ongoing impacts on their indigenous Pacific Island community? “In Exile” explores the nuclear legacy of the US in the Pacific and the lingering catastrophe in its wake.

  • Finding Us: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Finding Us

    S9 E903 - 13m

    Georgetown University sold hundreds of enslaved people to stave off bankruptcy, scattering families across the South, never to see each other again. With the help of DNA databases, their descendants are reconnecting six generations later. “Finding Us” is a portrait of four descendants who are using their unique talents to regrow the family trees felled nearly two centuries ago.

  • It’s in the Voices: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    It’s in the Voices

    S9 E903 - 16m 53s

    Clinton Bagley revisits his first interview from Mississippi’s Washington County Oral History Program. Amongst the files, one piece of material sticks out, the catalyst for the whole program. In a conversation he recorded in 1975 with Daisy Greene, a retired school teacher from his hometown, we learn about a devastating flood, cruel systems of oppression, and the voices that define the Delta.

  • Veritas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Veritas

    S9 E902 - 55m 39s

    63 years after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, the surviving Cuban-American dissidents tell the fuller story. In detailed interviews with the men who fled Cuba only to return alongside US military forces, they narrate the calamity of the US siege and the trauma they faced as prisoners. By reliving the horrors of war and the fragility of service, these men fill a gap in the military record.

Extras + Features

  • Memories of a Tobacco Farm: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Memories of a Tobacco Farm

    S9 E906 - 1m 15s

    Cecil Shell, a Black farmer in Southern Virginia, shares his family history of tobacco farming and remembers traditional techniques from his childhood.

  • Mothertown | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mothertown | Official Trailer

    S9 E906 - 13s

    The site of the original settlement of the Cherokee, the Kituwah mound, was thought lost for centuries. In her moving retelling of the efforts to reclaim the tribe’s land, former Chief Joyce Dugan and fellow tribe members foreground the spiritual, emotional, and social impact of Kituwah’s legacy. This is the story of how the Cherokee finally took their “land back.”

  • Joyce's Resolution: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Joyce's Resolution

    S9 E906 - 1m 49s

    Joyce Dugan, former Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, recalls her resolution to purchase land with historical importance to the tribe.

  • Boca Chica | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Boca Chica | Official Trailer

    S9 E906 - 13s

    Unrestricted access to beaches is a public right in Texas. But for the little known, magical, and untamed stretch of beach called Boca Chica, that right is curtailed when SpaceX takes flight. Boca Chica uncovers the mesmerizing beauty of this fragile coastline and the fight for free access for its longtime visitors whose memories and spirituality are rooted deep among the sandy shorelines.

  • Black Ag | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Black Ag | Official Trailer

    S9 E906 - 17s

    A Black scientist brings together local Black farmers to combat the effects of climate change and create opportunities in Black agriculture for new generations in the Arkansas delta.

  • Creation Story at Boca Chica: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Creation Story at Boca Chica

    S9 E906 - 1m 47s

    Juan Mancias is fighting for access to Boca Chica, a beach in Texas used by SpaceX, since it is an important cultural site for his tribe.

  • Echoes of the Rio | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Echoes of the Rio | Official Trailer

    S9 E906 - 16s

    One El Paso filmmaker calls on her Indigenous and Mexican ancestors to explore the cyclical starvation of the Rio Grande river and the human and inhumane factors contributing to the disappearance of its culture and bounty.

  • Cash Crop | Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cash Crop | Official Trailer

    S9 E906 - 14s

    In Southern Virginia, Black farmers like Cecil Shell balance their interests in honoring their tradition of tobacco farming against the onset of solar energy farms exploding across the region. Through Cecil, the film explores one rural county’s shifting economic interests and his own efforts to steward the community, including Black landowners, through changing times.

  • Remember Who You Are: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Remember Who You Are

    S9 E906 - 1m 47s

    Once a sustainer of life, the Rio Grande now is plagued by drought, taking away an important source of cultural connection.

  • Is This The Girl?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is This The Girl?

    S9 E905 - 1m 56s

    Women from Louisville, Kentucky, discuss the mystery behind a famous photograph and whether they could be the girl from the iconic image.

  • Laurie Covers a Nursing Home Groundbreaking: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Laurie Covers a Nursing Home Groundbreaking

    S9 E905 - 1m 40s

    Laurie Ezzell Brown, publisher and editor of the Canadian Record, covers the groundbreaking of a new nursing home and discusses the importance of keeping the weekly newspaper alive.

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