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Cash Crop | Official Trailer

Season 9 Episode 906 | 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.

Support for Reel South is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media and by SouthArts.
Extras
Joyce Dugan recalls her resolution to purchase land that was important to the EBCI.
Cecil Taylor shares his family history of tobacco farming.
For the Whites, supporting Black farmers is a family tradition.
Juan Mancias fights for access to Boca Chica, an important cultural site for his tribe.
The Rio Grande is plagued by drought, taking away a source of cultural connection.
How the Eastern Band of Cherokee reclaimed their land.
Indigenous and Mexican ancestors explore the history and disappearance of the Rio Grande.
With eyes toward space, Texas restricts access to an otherworldly beach.
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.
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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.
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