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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.

For the Whites, supporting Black farmers is a family tradition.
With eyes toward space, Texas restricts access to an otherworldly beach.
Cecil Taylor shares his family history of tobacco farming.
Support for Reel South is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media and by SouthArts.
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With eyes toward space, Texas restricts access to an otherworldly beach.
A Black scientist in Arkansas guides farmers through agricultural challenges.
A Black farmer in Virginia wrestles with tradition and the changing needs of the economy.
Indigenous and Mexican ancestors explore the history and disappearance of the Rio Grande.
How the Eastern Band of Cherokee reclaimed their land.
Out of time and money, a newspaper editor fights to keep her paper alive in rural Texas.
The only doctor in Clay County Georgia must confront the possibility of losing her clinic.
Members of a rural Virginia town are exposed to contamination from a nearby Army plant.
A historian revisits the oral history of a 1920s school teacher in the Mississippi Delta.
Marshallese migrants in Arkansas explore the US nuclear legacy.
Families torn apart by Georgetown’s sale of enslaved people reunite six generations later.
63 years after the Bay of Pigs invasion, the surviving dissidents tell the fuller story.
An Asian-American veteran of the Vietnam War searches for the soldier who saved his life.
In 1971, one of the worst industrial tragedies in U.S. history shook rural Georgia.
In 1951, a Christmas window astonished a little girl in Louisville, KY. Who is she?
Frankie, a transgender woman and deft politician, runs for San Antonio City Council.
An ode to one man’s fight against strip mining the Appalachian mountains he loved dearly.
Jared Dawson embodies his drag persona, Lavonia Elberton, in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Southern restaurant adjusts to newfound fame after appearing on Korean television.
Two Korean-American adoptees meet their birth mothers for the first time.
An Alabama inmate fights to keep a jailhouse romance alive while advocating for parole.
Youth suicide at a Louisiana juvenile detention center exposes a legacy of abuse.
An ode to the poetry and power of the American South’s diverse landscape and its stewards.
Hear the gospel of 83-year-old Mother Perry and her legendary music group The Branchettes.
Karen Hinton Robinson quilts the Black history lessons absent from the Texan curricula.
An Arkansas woman and her town adopt an injured vulture as their own.
Three Haitian bathroom attendants hold court in Miami nightclubs, even during a pandemic.
A Florida woman battles media scrutiny and public outrage to save her pet alligator.
Louis Armstrong was an icon, but for Sharon, he was the father she could never reveal.
Four spirited teenage sisters languish at home during the pandemic of 2020.
Just outside Nashville, a mortician creates the state’s first, natural burial ground.
A coming-of-age story about two best friends living on the US-Mexico border.
A dying shopping mall embodies Americana values and culture in a changing South.
Arkansas high school writers and performers seek healing and justice for their community.
The legacy of Black funeral homes in San Antonio, Texas hinges on one renowned embalmer.
Atlanta teens face the thrills, joy, and struggles of navigating the wilds of Colorado.
Robert Kennedy defies a Mississippi state-wide campus speaker-ban in 1966.
A rural Louisiana high school football game unites a historically segregated town.
The struggle and joys of Black golfers who integrated a municipal course in Asheville, NC.
One man standing in the way of a petrochemical plant expansion refuses to give up.
Extras
Juan Mancias fights for access to Boca Chica, an important cultural site for his tribe.
Joyce Dugan recalls her resolution to purchase land that was important to the EBCI.
The Rio Grande is plagued by drought, taking away a source of cultural connection.
Indigenous and Mexican ancestors explore the history and disappearance of the Rio Grande.
How the Eastern Band of Cherokee reclaimed their land.
A Black farmer in Virginia wrestles with tradition and the changing needs of the economy.
A Black scientist in Arkansas guides farmers through agricultural challenges.
Out of time and money, a newspaper editor fights to keep her paper alive in rural Texas.
Laurie, publisher and editor of the Canadian Record, covers a new nursing home.
Women discuss the mystery behind a famous photo and whether they are the girl pictured.