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This film series is designed to be an entertaining and critical introduction to the American South. While intended especially for international students and scholars, the series is open to everyone. Most of the movies in this series are available at the Media Resources Center.
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Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina [2012, 56 min]
Cedars in the Pines represents the first in a series of cultural projects undertaken by the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies to research, document, preserve and publicize the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina. … [It] combines interviews with first-, second- and third-generation Lebanese-Americans in NC, along with records found in the US Census, historical societies, churches, and research libraries as well as in family albums. Capturing oral histories of the Lebanese community, this documentary weaves an intimate narrative of immigration, family and memory.
*Discussion facilitated by Dr. Akram Khater, Professor of History at North Carolina State University and Director of the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies
deepsouth [2012, 72 min]
deepsouth is a documentary about the rural American South, and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family miles away from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy try to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days a year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South.
*Discussion facilitated by Dr. Peter Leone, Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Medical Director at the North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Control Branch
*Resources provided by UNC Center for AIDS Research and UNC Student Wellness
Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners [2010, 53 min]
Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners is an earnest and heartfelt documentary film that follows 79 year old “Miss Nancy” Rascoe through the engaging task of teaching manners to children in her 200 hundred year old home in rural Hertford, NC. It’s a five day and four night summer etiquette camp like no other and the mix of activities are all rich with Miss Nancy’s true Southern gentility and grace from an era gone by.
Homegoings [2013, 51 min]
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.”
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