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"Reel South" is a new anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view. Hosted by platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish), "Reel South" includes half-hour and hour-long independent, documentary films about the American South, one of the most unique corners of America.

Upcoming Airdates

Private Violence

With at least four women murdered each day by abusive (and often, ex) partners, a woman in America is most in danger in her own home. Witness the complex realities of intimate partner violence through the eyes of two survivors: Deanna Walters, a mother seeking justice for her estranged husband's crimes against her, and victims' advocate Kit Gruelle.

By Cynthia Hill. Executive produced by Gloria Steinem.


Shake 'Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell

Through interviews and never-before-seen footage, delight in the story of Mississippi sharecropper of Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, traveled to Europe with the Rolling Stones in the mid-1960s, mentored Bonnie Raitt, and influenced the music of many others including RL Burnside, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All Stars.

By Joe York and Scott Barretta.

Soul City

Learn the story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia - Soul City - in the heart of North Carolina's Klan country in the 1970s. Rich archival material, interviews with former and current Soul City residents, animation and soulful rhythms of the era bring alive the vision of founder Floyd B. McKissick and his band of idealists who, though the odds were stacked against them, risked it all to build the city of their dreams.

By Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards.

Eat White Dirt

Discover the oddly spellbinding personal, cultural and scientific history of the deeply transgressive and often misunderstood practice of consuming earth, a phenomenon known as geophagy. The film collects and combines the experiences, processes and explanations of people who eat white dirt with information from the scientists who study the phenomenon. 

By Adam Forrester.

The Exceptionally Extraordinary

Come along with colorful characters carrying on a cherished Mardi Gras tradition as they gather at the epicenter of all things costuming — the family-owned Jefferson Variety fabric and craft store. The film highlights the creativity and personal expression linked in the cultural identity and narrative of New Orleans and provides a deeper look into the significance of costuming and the carnival season.

By Lindsey Phillips and Lauren Domino.

The Last Barn Dance

A story about farming, fragility, and a fight to save the family business. Randy Lewis struggles to save his dairy farm in the piedmont region of North Carolina, where dozens of family-owned dairies have disappeared. While keeping the business afloat, Randy also hosts one of the only true old-time barn dances left in the region, keeping the tradition alive and the community that loves it.

By Ted Richardson (Encore Presentation).

Red Wolf Revival

Three decades ago, the nearly-extinct red wolf was reintroduced in North Carolina. While this flagship conservation effort paved the way for reintroducing several other species across the country, today fewer than 100 wild red wolves remain — and their fate hinges on significant biological, political, cultural and economic challenges.

By Rosh Patel and Madison McClintock.

An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana's Croatian-Americans

Little-known even in their home state, the Croatians of Lower Plaquemines Parish have used grit and determination to build an oystering industry that has made Louisiana famous. Follow the lives of four figures who embody the 150-year Croatian experience in Louisiana and share in the history of this unique tight-knit community.

By James Catano.