The fifth annual CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival will roll out the red carpet in April 2019 as we celebrate the 'YEAR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FOODWAYS.' The CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival was created to expose, educate and entertain the diverse audiences of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan region through innovative and groundbreaking independent films that depict the experiences of the African Diaspora. The festival highlights cinema art that has been inspired, created and cultivated by independent content makers throughout the African Diaspora.

FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Discussions surrounding food in the African American community must include the cultural patterns associated with how, where, when, with whom, and why certain foods are consumed and the patterns of food procurement, preparation, presentation, and dispensation. Studies of food as part of a cultural system should consider dietary behavior, the environmental conditions in which foods are grown, the meanings associated with food, the social structure and material culture affecting food, and the historical factors that contribute to the persistence or change in food behavior. Food meets a host of human needs––political, economic, communal, cognitive, and affective as well as nutritional––and it has a role in power relations, stereotypes, and assumptions.

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TENTATIVE SCREENINGS

"Soul Food Junkies" - A Documentary Film by Byron Hurt

"Harvest of Shame" - A Film by Edward R. Murrow

Baffled by his dad's reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and it's relevance to black cultural identity. He discovers that the love affair that his dad and his community have with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars, as well as doctors, family members, and everyday people, "Soul Food Junkies" puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.

"We Are Arabbers" - A Documentary Film by Scott & Joy Kecken

We Are Arabbers follows the horse-and-wagon produce vendors along the streets of Baltimore, Maryland as they struggle to make a living and maintain their unique culture. Once an integral part of society, hucksters, hawkers and peddlers distributed goods and services throughout the cities of America announcing their trade with a holler or song. Today, only a handful remain to share their moving stories, revealing their hidden network of back alley stables. Along this journey, we meet the old-timers, their contemporaries and customers, the Scottish ferrier, the Amish wheelwrights and the Mennonite harness-makers. The arabbers continue their heritage into the twenty-first century.

"Eat White Dirt" - A Documentary Film by Adam Forrester

The 5th Annual
2018- 2019 Africana Studies Independent Film Festival
 On the Essex, Catonsville, and Dundalk Campuses of The Community College of Baltimore County
SPRING 2019 DATES: Wednesday, April 24 - Friday, April 26

Eat White Dirt weaves the story of Tammy Wright, a 37-year-old mother addicted to eating kaolin, with that of scientists, local historians, a physician, an artist, and three other practitioners of geophagy, or earth-eating. Throughout the film, Tammy charismatically describes and exhibits her daily diet, primarily consisting of white dirt. Each character is connected by their own unique kinship with kaolin, or white dirt. The film focuses on this practice within the American South while also referencing its larger global perspective. Earth-eating has been documented in written accounts since 400 BCE; these accounts were most often misinformed and describe the practice as purely destructive. 

"Harvest of Shame" was a 1960 television documentary presented by broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow on CBS that showed the plight of American migrant agricultural workers. It was Murrow's final documentary for the network; he left CBS at the end of January 1961, at John F. Kennedy's request, to become head of the United States Information Agency. An investigative report intended "to shock Americans into action," it was "the first time millions of Americans were given a close look at what it means to live in poverty" by their televisions.