This film series, which takes place each summer, is designed to be an entertaining and critical introduction to the American South, and most films are accompanied by commentary from a topical expert. While intended especially for international students and scholars, the series is open to everyone. Many of the movies in this series are available at the Media Resources Center.

Summer 2017 Flyer * Previous SCMS Films

All screenings are:

Parking: Free parking is USUALLY available directly beneath the FedEx building after 5 PM. See here for a parking map, and check the parking reservations calendar before you arrive.

Films Shown in Summer 2017

May 18

*Please note that the location for this film has been moved to FedEx GEC 4003, just upstairs from the original location.

Raising Bertie [2016, 102 min]

Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, Raising Bertie takes audiences deep into the emotional lives of three boys – Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell – over six-years as they come of age. Produced by Chicago’s internationally acclaimed Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), Raising Bertie, a powerful vérité film, movingly weaves the young men’s stories together as they try to define their identities, interconnecting narratives of family, youthful innocence, first love, systemic racism, educational inequity, poverty and unemployment, and the will to succeed in the face of formidable odds.


June 1

Voices of North Carolina: Language, Dialect, and Identity in the Tarheel State [2005, 57 min]

Voices of North Carolina chronicles the state’s diverse language traditions from the Outer Banks to the Southern Highlands. Cherokee and Lumbee Indians, rural and urban African-Americans, first language Spanish-speakers, and southerners of all walks of life lend their voices to a universal portrait of language and identity.

*Discussion facilitated by Dr. David Mora-Marin, UNC Department of Linguistics


June 15

First Language—The Race to Save Cherokee [2014, 56 min]

Over fourteen thousand Cherokee remain in their ancestral homelands in the mountains of North Carolina, but few among them still speak their native language. Recognizing its imminent loss, the Eastern Band of Cherokee are now taking extraordinary steps in a fight to revitalize the Cherokee language.

*In cooperation with the American Indian Center
*Discussion facilitated by Dr. Ben Frey, Department of American Studies


June 29

Tootie’s Last Suit [2009, 97 min]

When New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian Chief Tootie Montana decides to come out of retirement and make one last Mardi Gras Indian suit, conflict erupts between Tootie and his son Darryl, to whom he earlier bequeathed the title of Chief.

*Discussion facilitated by Dr. Kathy A. Perkins, UNC Department of Dramatic Art


July 13

A Man Named Pearl [2006, 78 min]

A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.

*Discussion facilitated by Dr. Nancy Easterling, UNC Botanical Gardens


Southern Culture Movie Series brought to you by:

The Writing Center

International Student and Scholar Services

The Center for the Study of the American South

The Media Resources Center

The Summer School