About This Series
The American South is like no place else in the country. Its people, culture, landscape and history can 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.
This public-television series showcases authentic documentary films (feature length and shorts) that reckon with the South's past, present, and future. Join us on a journey through the Reel South.
Hosted by Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker, the third season of Reel South features ten documentaries highlighting Southerners' passion and perseverance in an age of emboldened civic engagement: from a comedian-turned-mayoral candidate agitating for disability rights to gay families fighting for equality to New Orleans' reckoning with its Confederate monuments. Bookending the lineup are two raucous tales rooted in authentic Southern music.
Reel South is a collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV.
Reel South: Gip
In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama. Once scattered across the rural South, juke joints have become relics of the past. In the Spring of 2013, Gip’s Place, the last juke joint in Alabama, was raided and ordered to shut down. Gip follows the battle to keep the blues alive.
Reel South: Alabama Bound
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a community that lives with frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.
Reel South: First Lady of the Revolution
Henrietta Boggs finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. First Lady of the Revolution portrays a courageous woman who escaped the confines of a sheltered existence to help nurture a young democracy.