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The New Season of Reel South Premieres April 2
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Reel South Season 3

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, our award-winning documentary program Reel South reveals the South’s proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives.

On Reel South, we showcase authentic documentary films—both feature-length and shorts—that reckon with the South’s past, present and future. Season three of Reel South premieres Sunday, March 11, at 9 PM, on The World Channel, and Monday, April 2, at 9 PM, on UNC-TV.


Reel South Season 3 Trailer

Hosted by Darius Rucker, Reel South Season 3 premieres Monday, April 2, at 9 PM.

This season, join us on a journey through the Reel South with:

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.

Alabama Bound
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were busy fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a resilient community that lives with both frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.

First Lady of the Revolution
Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s in search of freedom and 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.

Divided City
Monuments to the Confederacy permeate the American South. Emotions run high and tensions mount when, in 2015, the New Orleans city council convenes a public debate over the fate of its Confederate statues. As the council prepares to vote, Divided City reveals deep divisions about the history and symbolism of the monuments, and their place in the public space and in the South.

Jonah Stands Up
Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist. Born with muscular dystrophy, Jonah raced against mortality throughout his 20s. Combining humor, political action and a sense of urgency, Jonah Stands Up challenges stereotypes associated with differently-abled individuals in New Orleans.

120 Days
After an unexpected traffic stop, family man Miguel Cortes faces an agonizing decision. A North Carolina judge has offered Miguel, due to his immigration status, 120 days to get his affairs in order and self-deport to Mexico. 120 Days explores Miguel's difficult situation and choice: will he return to Mexico, leaving his wife and two daughters behind, or disappear into the shadows of his adopted homeland?

62 Days
Marlise Muñoz was 33-years-old and 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead. Due to a little-known Texas law, the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on life support against her wishes. 62 Days follows the Muñoz family’s journey from tragedy to activism as they fight to change this law, revealing the human toll behind a growing political trend.

Driven Blind
Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, struggles to adjust to his new reality after he is blinded in a fiery racing accident. Though visually impaired, Dan has not given up his love of working with his hands, or his love of racing. Driven Blind follows Dan’s single-minded quest to find meaningful work and to get back behind the wheel.

See the Keepers
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo, See the Keepers gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons and their human caretakers. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity of caring for animals in captivity, and the love and fortitude of the keepers who care for them.

Honky Tonk Heaven
Brimming with cowboy boots, country music and longneck beers, Honky Tonk Heaven is a toe-tapping tour of a legendary Texas dancehall. With 50 years under its belt, the Broken Spoke has endured Austin’s rapid growth and skyrocketing rents. Beyond the story of its illustrious history and celebrated performers, the Spoke is a treasured family business that has survived against the odds.