Documentaries Archive

Monday Music: Hazel Dickens Singing “West Virginia, My Home,” 1978

This past Saturday would have been Hazel Dickens’s 88th birthday. She passed away in 2011. She was a songwriter and singer, played guitar and upright bass, and is best known for her biting songs about workers’ rights, the injustice of big coal, and the fight for womens’ equality. — Set against the backdrop of bluegrass
Category: Artistic Expression

Friday Video: Wild Horses of the Ozarks

Filmmaker David Abberton of Missouri is working on a film about bands of free-roaming horses that make their homes about halfway between Little Rock and St. Louis. Wild Horses of the Ozarks will feature footage of these horses in the wild combined with research and “oral histories of the Ozarkers along the Current and Jack’s Fork
Category: Animals

Friday Video: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

This past Wednesday 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gobowee spoke at Philander Smith college in Little Rock. Powerful, humbling, energizing, Gobowee’s stories of peaceful protest in Liberia reminded those in attendance the importance of waging peace and the power of women coming together. This week’s Friday Video features a clip from the film Pray the
Category: Friday Videos

Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
Category: Animals

Friday Video: Uprising of ’34

Today’s Friday Video tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a little-known strike involving thousands of cotton mills workers during the Great Depression. The Uprising of 34  puts forth the question, “How could such a pivotal moment in American history be kept a secret for 60 years?” Produced by George Stoney, Judith Helfrand, and
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Friday Videos: Selections from the Reel Civil Rights Film Fest

The Reel Civil Rights Film Fest begins today in Little Rock. Operating in connection with the Little Rock Film Festival, the event is also affiliated with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The festival will take through September 25th, leading up to the 55th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock
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Friday Video: Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story

Today’s Friday Video continues recent discussions of the Federal Writers Project and the role it played in documenting American stories. (To read recent Seed and the Story columns about the FWP in central Arkansas go here). Directed by Andrea Kalin, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson, and based on the book, Soul Of A
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Friday Video: Happy Birthday Howard Zinn

Today would have been Howard Zinn’s birthday. The historian, activist, playwright, anti-racist, veteran, and advocate for peace and civil disobedience passed away in 2010. He is best known for his book A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present, a detailed look at American history highlighting the voices and stories of those typically excluded from history
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Friday Video: The Big Squeeze

Non-profit organization Texas Folklife has been in operation for twenty-five years, working to preserve and present the living heritage and diversity of the state.   They lead apprenticeships, engage in community education, and produce various forms of media that showcase and support Texas’s rich cultural heritage. A few ago at the Folklorists in the South retreat, I
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Friday Video: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story.

While in Memphis for the Folklorists in the South retreat we visited the amazing Stax Museum and heard a little bit about working behind the scenes at the museum from Levon Williams, curator of collections.  The visit to Stax was inspiring, and an excellent example of the power of music to work toward change.  So this week’s
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