Reel South


Between 1933 and 1974, the state of North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children. This film follows the journey of survivors, legislators and journalists who insist the state confront its role in the tragic, forced sterilization of thousands of Americans thought to have “undesirable” genetics

Air Date 1/26/17

A collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), REEL SOUTH includes half-hour and hour-long independent, documentary films about the American South. The six acclaimed films of the pilot season have recently premiered at film festivals and theaters, building buzz and audiences. REEL SOUTH now brings these films to a national audience hungry for authentic stories from one of the most unique corners of America.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #203 — Deep Run |
    New Saturday, Jul 1 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #206 — The Exceptionally Extraordinary |
    New Sunday, Jul 2 at 12:30am TPT LIFE
  • #206 — The Exceptionally Extraordinary |
    New Sunday, Jul 2 at 5:30am TPT LIFE
  • #201 — Soul City |
    New Sunday, Jul 9 at 12:30am TPT LIFE
  • #204 — Overburden |
    New Sunday, Jul 16 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #201 — Soul City
    By Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards. 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.
    New Sunday, Jul 9 at 12:30am TPT LIFE
  • #203 — Deep Run
    By Hillevi Loven. Exiled by family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Jasmine finds new love and the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed transgender man, in this powerful verite portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole's candid humor and steadfast Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon.
    New Saturday, Jul 1 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #204 — Overburden
    By Chad Stevens. Meet two unforgettable women - a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother whose lives collide when a mine disaster shatters their community. Filmed over seven years, the pair's courageous story underscores the need for reconciliation as they take on a rogue industry to help heal their Appalachian Mountain community.
    New Sunday, Jul 16 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #206 — The Exceptionally Extraordinary
    By Lindsey Phillips and Lauren Domino. 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.
    New Sunday, Jul 2 at 12:30am TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Jul 2 at 5:30am TPT LIFE


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