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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to annemarie@southernfoodways.org.

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Sorghum: Southern Sugars


This collection of interviews features the voices of sorghum syrup producers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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What Remains


In What Remains, New Orleans filmmaker and cinematographer Paavo Hanninen tracks the life of a Gulf oyster from harvest to plate and highlights an emerging effort to use leftover shells as reefs to protect Louisiana’s dwindling coastline. Contemplate an innovative model of sustainable food production and consumption through this textured portrait of a Southern food bedrock.

Hanninen created this film for SFA’s 2021 Spring Symposium, which focused on environments.

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