The Southern Culture Movie Series

This film series is designed to be an entertaining introduction to the American South. 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. For previous films in the series, please click here.

 

All screenings are

 

September 4

Looking for Ms. Locklear [2008, 57 min]

Using only word of mouth, two lifelong best friends and Internet comedians, Rhett & Link, embark on a search for the long-lost teacher of the first grade class where they met. Their journey leads them deep into the heart of an obscure tribe of Native Americans, the Lumbee of North Carolina. Serendipitously, Rhett & Link arrive on the scene at the very climax of the tribe’s century-long political struggle for identity. In a day of mobile devices that allow for a multitude of superficial connections with other ‘users,’ the unforgettable characters in Looking for Ms. Locklear serve as a reminder that people have more to say than an email or text message can communicate.

*Introduction by Candice Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2014-2015

*Organized in conjunction with the American Indian Center and American Indian and Indigenous Studies

 

October 2

Soul Food Junkies [2012, 64 min]

Through candid interviews with soul food cooks,‭ ‬historians,‭ ‬and scholars,‭ ‬as well as doctors,‭ ‬family members,‭ ‬and everyday people,‭ ‬Soul Food Junkies blends history,‭ ‬humor,‭ ‬and heartwarming stories to place this culinary tradition under the microscope.‭ ‬Both the consequences and the benefits of soul food are carefully addressed.‭ ‬So too is the issue of low access to quality food in black communities,‭ ‬which makes it difficult for some black people to eat healthy.‭ ‬In the end,‭ ‬Hurt determines whether or not black people are addicted‭ ‬to this food tradition that has its origins in West Africa and the black south,‭ ‬yet is loved all over the world.

 

November 20

The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend [2005, 60 min]

This Emmy-winning, high-definition film documents a group of internationally-acclaimed African-American quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Their compositions have been hailed by Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend explores the extraordinary lives, inspirations, and history of these artists, and also follows them on a touching bus journey to see their quilts exhibited at The Milwaukee Art Museum.

*Discussion by Bernard Herman, Chair and George B. Tindall Professor of American Studies

 

Upcoming Titles in Spring 2015

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.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

Southern Culture Movie Series organized by:

The Writing Center

International Student and Scholar Services

The Media Resources Center

The Center for Global Initiatives